1. A horse for riding or driving; a nag; a pony.
  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.


  1. Let out for hire; devoted to common use; hence, much used; trite; mean; as, hackney coaches; hackney authors.

v. t.

  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.
  2. To carry in a hackney coach.