See also: hackney



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. The place name is from Old English Hacan ieg "Hacan's Isle" (or "Hook's Island"), referring to dry land in a marsh.

Proper nounEdit


  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.