- 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
Examples from the Web for hassock
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.
It was late in the afternoon; he sat on his hassock and watched Aunt Amanda sewing.
From his hassock in the center of the room he looked uneasily around.The Creature from Cleveland Depths
Fritz Reuter Leiber
- a firm upholstered cushion used for kneeling on, esp in church
- a thick clump of grass
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.