Definition of hackneyed in English:
(Of a phrase or idea) lacking significance through having been overused; unoriginal and trite: hackneyed old sayings
More example sentences
- It is littered with hackneyed phrases and lazy commonplaces.
- His boss can take even a hackneyed phrase and let it dangle suggestively in the air until a dozen meanings reveal themselves.
- Maybe it's time to trot out that hackneyed phrase about ‘the pace of modern life’.
overused, overdone, overworked, worn out, timeworn, platitudinous, vapid, stale, tired, threadbare;
trite, banal, hack, clichéd, hoary, commonplace, common, ordinary, stock, conventional, stereotyped, predictable;
unimaginative, unoriginal, uninspired, prosaic, dull, boring, uninvolving, pedestrian, run-of-the-mill, boilerplate, routine
informal old hat, cheesy, corny, played out
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