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Definitions for hackney
ˈhæk nihack·ney

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. hackney, hackney carriage, hackney coachnoun

    a carriage for hire

  2. hackneynoun

    a compact breed of harness horse


  1. Hackneynoun

    A London borough where once upon a time many horses were pastured.

  2. Hackneynoun

    One of several breeds of compact English horses.

  3. Hackneynoun

    (A means of transportation that is) available for public hire.

  4. hackneynoun

    An ordinary horse.

  5. hackneynoun

    A carriage for hire or a cab.

  6. hackneynoun

    A horse used to ride or drive.

  7. hackneynoun

    A breed of English horse.

  8. hackneyverb

    To make uninteresting or trite by frequent use.

  9. hackneyverb

    To use as a hackney.

  10. hackneyadjective

    Offered for hire.

  11. Etymology: The senses "a horse" and "(a means of transport) available for hire" derive from the fact that many horses were kept in the London borough of Hackney, and were available for hire.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Hackneynoun

    Etymology: hacnai, Welsh; hackeneye, Teuton. haquenée, French.

    Light and lewd persons were as easily suborned to make an affidavit for money, as post-horses and hackneys are taken to hire. Francis Bacon, Off. of Alienation.

    Who, mounted on a broom, the nag
    And hackney of a Lapland hag,
    In quest of you came hither post,
    Within an hour, I’m sure, at most. Hudibras, p. iii.

    Three kingdoms rung
    With his accumulative and hackney tongue. Wentworth Dillon.

    That is no more than every lover
    Does from his hackney lady suffer. Hudibras.

    Shall each spurgall’d hackney of the day,
    Or each new pension’d sycophant, pretend
    To break my windows. Alexander Pope, Dial. 2.

    A wit can study in the streets;
    Not quite so well, however, as one mought;
    A hackney coach may chance to spoil a thought. Alexander Pope.

    These notions young students in physick derive from their hackney authors. Gideon Harvey, on Consumptions.

  2. To Hackneyverb

    To practise in one thing; to accustom to the road.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    He is long hackney’d in the ways of men. William Shakespeare.


  1. hackney

    A hackney is traditionally defined as a horse suitable for ordinary riding or driving, typically characterized by its strength and stamina for pulling carriages. In modern usage, the term 'hackney' is often used to refer to a carriage or car for hire, specifically in the UK where it refers to a licensed taxicab.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hackneynoun

    a horse for riding or driving; a nag; a pony

  2. Hackneynoun

    a horse or pony kept for hire

  3. Hackneynoun

    a carriage kept for hire; a hack; a hackney coach

  4. Hackneynoun

    a hired drudge; a hireling; a prostitute

  5. Hackneyadjective

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

  6. Hackneyverb

    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

  7. Hackneyverb

    to carry in a hackney coach

  8. Etymology: [OE. hakeney, hakenay; cf. F. haguene a pacing horse, an ambling nag, OF. also haquene, Sp. hacanea, OSp. facanea, D. hakkenei, also OF. haque horse, Sp. haca, OSp. faca; perh. akin to E. hack to cut, and nag, and orig. meaning, a jolting horse. Cf. Hack a horse, Nag.]


  1. Hackney

    Hackney was a parish in the historic county of Middlesex. The parish church of St John-at-Hackney was built in 1789, replacing the nearby former 16th century parish church dedicated to St Augustine. The original tower of that church was retained to hold the bells until the new church could be strengthened; the bells were finally removed to the new St John's in 1854. See details of other, more modern, churches within the original parish boundaries below.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Hackney

    hak′ni, n. a horse for general use, esp. for hire: (obs.) a person hired for any mean work.—v.t. to carry in a hackney-coach: to use much: to make commonplace.—adjs. Hack′ney, Hack′neyed, let out for hire: devoted to common use: much used.—ns. Hack′ney-coach, a coach let out for hire; Hack′ney-coach′man; Hack′neyman, one who keeps hackney horses. [O. Fr. haquenee, an ambling nag; further history unknown.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Hackney

    an important parish and borough of Middlesex, a suburb of London, 3 m. NE. of St. Paul's; returns three members of Parliament.

Etymology and Origins

  1. Hackney

    The whole of this district originally belonged to a Danish Chief named Hacon. The suffix ey expresses an island--i.e. land intersected by rivulets (in this case of the Lea)--or low, marshy ground. The suggestion that coaches were first let out for hire in this neighbourhood is not correct. See “Hackney Coach.”

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Hackney is ranked #3727 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Hackney surname appeared 9,507 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 3 would have the surname Hackney.

    81.4% or 7,739 total occurrences were White.
    14% or 1,340 total occurrences were Black.
    1.8% or 179 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.6% or 161 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.5% or 48 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.4% or 40 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of hackney in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of hackney in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of hackney in a Sentence

  1. Philip Glanville:

    The messaging and rules have been unclear for lots of people who want to be vaccinated, it's not been the fault of people on the ground in Hackney, but as a volunteer, I've had to turn people away who turned up with an elderly relative and asked if they could have one too. The sad reality is, if people have poor literacy or digital skills, don't really understand the rules and get turned away, they might just give up.

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