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See also: hackney



The senses "a horse" and "(a means of transport) available for hire" derive from the fact that many horses were kept for hire in the London borough of Hackney. The place name is from Old English Hacan ieg "Hacan's Isle" (or "Hook's Island"), referring to dry land in a marsh.

Proper noun[edit]


  1. A London Borough within Greater London, where once upon a time many horses were pastured.
  2. A town in this borough.
  3. An English habitational surname​.
  4. One of several breeds of compact English horses: see hackney
  5. (in compounds) (means of transportation): see hackney.