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Meaning of HACKNEY

Pronunciation:  'haknee

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a compact breed of harness horse
  2. [n]  a carriage for hire

HACKNEY is a 7 letter word that starts with H.


 Synonyms: hackney carriage, hackney coach
 See Also: carriage, equipage, four-wheeler, harness horse, rig



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Hack"ney\, n.; pl. {Hackneys}. [OE. haceney, hacenay;
    cf. F. haquen['e]e a pacing horse, an ambling nag, OF. also
    haquen['e]e, Sp. hacanea, OSp. facanea, D. hakkenei, also OF.
    haque horse, Sp. haca, OSp. faca; perh akin to E. hack to
    cut, and orig. meaning, a jolting horse. Cf. {Hack} a horse,
    1. A horse for riding or driving; a nag; a pony. --Chaucer.
    2. A horse or pony kept for hire.
    3. A carriage kept for hire; a hack; a hackney coach.
    4. A hired drudge; a hireling; a prostitute.
  2. \Hack"ney\, a.
    Let out for hire; devoted to common use; hence, much used;
    trite; mean; as, hackney coaches; hackney authors. ``Hackney
    tongue.'' --Roscommon.
  3. \Hack"ney\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Hackneyed}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Hackneying}.]
    1. To devote to common or frequent use, as a horse or
       carriage; to wear out in common service; to make trite or
       commonplace; as, a hackneyed metaphor or quotation.
             Had I lavish of my presence been, So
             common-hackneyed in the eyes of men.  --Shak.
    2. To carry in a hackney coach. --Cowper.