1. A frame or grating of various kinds; as, a frame for drying bricks, fish, or cheese; a rack for feeding cattle; a grating in a mill race, etc.
  2. Unburned brick or tile, stacked up for drying.
  3. A notch; a cut.
  4. An implement for cutting a notch; a large pick used in breaking stone.
  5. A hacking; a catch in speaking; a short, broken cough.
  6. A kick on the shins.
  7. A horse, hackneyed or let out for common hire; also, a horse used in all kinds of work, or a saddle horse, as distinguished from hunting and carriage horses.
  8. A coach or carriage let for hire; particularly, a a coach with two seats inside facing each other; a hackney coach.
  9. A bookmaker who hires himself out for any sort of literary work; an overworked man; a drudge.
  10. A procuress.

v. t.

  1. To cut irregulary, without skill or definite purpose; to notch; to mangle by repeated strokes of a cutting instrument; as, to hack a post.
  2. Fig.: To mangle in speaking.
  3. To use as a hack; to let out for hire.
  4. To use frequently and indiscriminately, so as to render trite and commonplace.

v. i.

  1. To cough faintly and frequently, or in a short, broken manner; as, a hacking cough.
  2. To be exposed or offered or to common use for hire; to turn prostitute.
  3. To live the life of a drudge or hack.


  1. Hackneyed; hired; mercenary.