Origin of hackneyedpast participle of archaic verb hackney, hire out, make trite: see hackney
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.
Overfamiliar through overuse; trite.
(comparative more hackneyed, superlative most hackneyed)
- simple past tense and past participle of hackney
hackney + -ed
- Hackneyed stereotypes are used over and over again.
- This is a real shame as the role does have potential to really deliver a great performance, despite the rather hackneyed script.
- Hackneyed images risk reducing Irish history to textbook postcolonial illustrations.
- Some hackneyed situations come across as fresh and funny.
- Repeated ad nauseam, however, the whole thing becomes hackneyed, stagnant and, dare I say it, dangerously self-referential.