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[has-uh k] /ˈhæs ək/
a thick, firm cushion used as a footstool or for kneeling.
ottoman (def 6).
a rank tuft of coarse grass or sedge, as in a bog.
Origin of hassock
before 1000; Middle English; Old English hassuc coarse grass Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for hassock
Historical Examples
  • She stole up quietly and knelt on the hassock beside his chair.

    Pretty Madcap Dorothy Laura Jean Libbey
  • And when he was seated she dropped on the hassock at his feet and laid her cheek on his knees.

    Athalie Robert W. Chambers
  • Freddie took his customary place on the hassock at her feet.

    The Old Tobacco Shop William Bowen
  • It was late in the afternoon; he sat on his hassock and watched Aunt Amanda sewing.

    The Old Tobacco Shop William Bowen
  • From his hassock in the center of the room he looked uneasily around.

  • I was beside her, sitting on a hassock, so that I could look out into the street.

    Beautiful Joe Marshall Saunders
  • “There is but a segment,” she said, sitting back upon the hassock again.

    Hunters Out of Space Joseph Everidge Kelleam
  • She slipped on to the hassock at his feet, resting her head on his leg.

    Cynthia Leonard Merrick
  • She seized it like a hungry child, dropping on a hassock before the fire to enjoy it.

    Interrupted Pansy
  • There was a hassock convenient, and he drew it up to sit at her feet.

    The Helpers Francis Lynde
British Dictionary definitions for hassock


a firm upholstered cushion used for kneeling on, esp in church
a thick clump of grass
Word Origin
Old English hassuc matted grass
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Word Origin and History for hassock

Old English hassuc "clump of grass, coarse grass," of unknown origin. Sense of "thick cushion" is first recorded 1510s, with the likely connection being the perceived similarity of a kneeling cushion and a tuft of grass.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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