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hackneyed adj : repeated too often; overfamiliar through overuse; "bromidic sermons"; "his remarks were trite and commonplace"; "hackneyed phrases"; "a stock answer"; "repeating threadbare jokes"; "parroting some timeworn axiom"; "the trite metaphor `hard as nails'" [syn: banal, commonplace, old-hat, shopworn, stock(a), threadbare, timeworn, tired, trite, well-worn]

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From Hackney + -ed


  1. repeated too often;
    The sermon was full of hackneyed phrases and platitudes.


  1. past of hackney


Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

antediluvian, antiquated, archaic, automatic, back-number, banal, bathetic, beaten, bewhiskered, bromidic, cliched, common, commonly known, commonplace, constant, conventional, corny, current, cut-and-dried, everyday, fade, familiar, frequent, fusty, habitual, hack, hackney, household, moth-eaten, musty, notorious, obsolete, old hat, out-of-date, outmoded, overworked, persistent, platitudinous, proverbial, public, quotidian, recurrent, recurring, regular, repetitive, routine, set, square, stale, stereotyped, stock, talked-about, talked-of, threadbare, timeworn, tired, trite, truistic, universally admitted, universally recognized, unoriginal, warmed-over, well-kenned, well-known, well-recognized, well-trodden, well-understood, well-worn, widely known, worn, worn thin, worn-out
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