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synonyms for hackneyed

  • banal
  • corny
  • stale
  • threadbare
  • timeworn
  • trite
  • well-worn
  • antiquated
  • common
  • commonplace
  • conventional
  • everyday
  • familiar tune
  • hokey
  • moth-eaten
  • obsolete
  • old
  • old-hat
  • out-of-date
  • outdated
  • outmoded
  • overworked
  • pedestrian
  • played-out
  • quotidian
  • run-of-the-mill
  • stereotyped
  • stock
  • unoriginal
  • worn-out

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What is another word for hackneyed?

The closest synonyms for hackneyed are trite and banal. All three words suggest that something has become stale or dull due to overuse—that it has become clichéd due to being done to death.

Synonyms that focus on overuse include overused, overdone, worn out, and well-worn. Other synonyms include commonplace and unoriginal.

The word threadbare is used in a literal way to describe worn-out clothes, but it can also be used in a figurative way to mean hackneyed. The word shopworn can mean the same thing.

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antonyms for hackneyed

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  • fresh
  • new
  • original
  • uncommon
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How to use hackneyed in a sentence

The Wilhelm scream is no hackneyed narrative device, but instead a nod to what Burtt calls the legacy of the language of sound.
HOW THE WILHELM SCREAM BECAME HOLLYWOOD’S ULTIMATE ‘SECRET’ SOUND EFFECTMICHAEL CAVNASEPTEMBER 30, 2021WASHINGTON POST
The word “unique” is so hackneyed that it’s a cliche to say it’s a cliche.
DREW PISARRA’S ‘DANGEROUSLY FUNNY AND QUEERLY INVENTIVE BRAIN’KATHI WOLFEJULY 23, 2021WASHINGTON BLADE
If it’s a little hammy or hackneyed, it’s because it’s a pretty reliable formula that works.
3D ESCAPE ROOMS, 1980’S-THEMED MURDER MYSTERIES: COMPANIES INVEST IN VIRTUAL RETREATSLUCINDA SOUTHERNOCTOBER 12, 2020DIGIDAY
To use a hackneyed figure, it was as though the earth had opened and swallowed her husband.
HOODED DETECTIVE, VOLUME III NO. 2, JANUARY, 1942VARIOUS
Much like general terms, which mean something or nothing, are expressions that have become trite and hackneyed.
ENGLISH: COMPOSITION AND LITERATUREW. F. (WILLIAM FRANKLIN) WEBSTER
I shall probably be met with the hackneyed cry, The question is entirely one of price.
LANDHOLDING IN ENGLANDJOSEPH FISHER
You can't describe them unless you label them with the hackneyed interrogation point.
MY WONDERFUL VISITCHARLIE CHAPLIN
Each gentleman addressed her with some hackneyed compliment.
THE CHILD OF PLEASUREGABRIELE D'ANNUNZIO
Now she cared no more for the hackneyed musical word; friendship was her desire.
LORD ORMONT AND HIS AMINTA, COMPLETEGEORGE MEREDITH
This is one of those hackneyed compliments to the manners of antiquity, which are often paid without the least foundation.
DRYDEN'S WORKS (13 OF 18): TRANSLATIONS; PASTORALSJOHN DRYDEN
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OCTOBER 26, 1985
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WORDS RELATED TO HACKNEYED

  • average
  • classic
  • clichéd
  • conventional
  • exemplary
  • hackneyed
  • model
  • most characteristic
  • paradigmatic
  • prime
  • quintessential
  • representative
  • standard
  • stereotypical
  • stock
  • textbook
  • trite
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