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ADJECTIVE (1)

1. repeated too often; overfamiliar through overuse;
- Example: "bromidic sermons"
- Example: "his remarks were trite and commonplace"
- Example: "hackneyed phrases"
- Example: "a stock answer"
- Example: "repeating threadbare jokes"
- Example: "parroting some timeworn axiom"
- Example: "the trite metaphor `hard as nails'"
[syn: banal, commonplace, hackneyed, old-hat, shopworn, stock(a), threadbare, timeworn, tired, trite, well-worn]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Hackney \Hack"ney\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Hackneyed (-n[i^]d); 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. [1913 Webster] Had I so lavish of my presence been, So common-hackneyed in the eyes of men. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. To carry in a hackney coach. --Cowper. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

hackneyed adj 1: repeated too often; overfamiliar through overuse; "bromidic sermons"; "his remarks were trite and commonplace"; "hackneyed phrases"; "a stock answer"; "repeating threadbare jokes"; "parroting some timeworn axiom"; "the trite metaphor `hard as nails'" [syn: banal, commonplace, hackneyed, old-hat, shopworn, stock(a), threadbare, timeworn, tired, trite, well-worn]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

72 Moby Thesaurus words for "hackneyed": antediluvian, antiquated, archaic, automatic, back-number, banal, bathetic, beaten, bewhiskered, bromidic, cliched, common, commonly known, commonplace, constant, conventional, corny, current, cut-and-dried, everyday, fade, familiar, frequent, fusty, habitual, hack, hackney, household, moth-eaten, musty, notorious, obsolete, old hat, out-of-date, outmoded, overworked, persistent, platitudinous, proverbial, public, quotidian, recurrent, recurring, regular, repetitive, routine, set, square, stale, stereotyped, stock, talked-about, talked-of, threadbare, timeworn, tired, trite, truistic, universally admitted, universally recognized, unoriginal, warmed-over, well-kenned, well-known, well-recognized, well-trodden, well-understood, well-worn, widely known, worn, worn thin, worn-out