[has-uh k]


a thick, firm cushion used as a footstool or for kneeling.
a rank tuft of coarse grass or sedge, as in a bog.

Origin of hassock

before 1000; Middle English; Old English hassuc coarse grass
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Related Words for hassock

ottoman, footstool, stool, cushion

Examples from the Web for hassock

Historical Examples of 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.


    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.

British Dictionary definitions for hassock



a firm upholstered cushion used for kneeling on, esp in church
a thick clump of grass

Word Origin for hassock

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.

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