- (Of a phrase or idea) having been overused; unoriginal and trite: hackneyed old sayingsMore example sentences
overused, overworked, overdone, worn out, time-worn, platitudinous, vapid, stale, tired, threadbare; trite, banal, hack, clichéd, hoary, commonplace, common, ordinary, stock, conventional, stereotyped, predictable; unimaginative, unoriginal, derivative, uninspired, prosaic, dull, boring, pedestrian, run-of-the-mill, routine, humdrum
- 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’.