The definition of hackneyed is something cliché that has been overused or done too much.
An example of hackneyed writing is writing that is full of cliches and boring phrases that have been used by countless other authors.
made trite by overuse
Origin of hackneyedpast participle of archaic verb hackney, hire out, make trite: see hackney
Overfamiliar through overuse; trite.
(comparative more hackneyed, superlative most hackneyed)
- simple past tense and past participle of hackney
hackney + -ed