hackneyed

Hackneyed is a word for language that doesn't pack a punch since it's overused and trite. "Roses are red, violets are..." — enough already?! That's hackneyed stuff.

Hackneyed is usually used to describe tired writing, but you can also refer to the hackneyed plots of television sit-coms or the hackneyed jokes of your Uncle Fred. But, most often, you will see hackneyed before the word phrase to refer to a specific cliché that is annoying the heck out of someone.

DEFINITIONS OF: hackneyed

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adj repeated too often; overfamiliar through overuse

hackneyed phrases”
Synonyms:
banal, commonplace, old-hat, shopworn, stock, threadbare, timeworn, tired, trite, well-worn
unoriginal
not original; not being or productive of something fresh and unusual
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