[ huhm-uh k ]
/ ˈhʌm ək /


Also hammock. an elevated tract of land rising above the general level of a marshy region.
a knoll or hillock.
Also hommock. a ridge in an ice field.

Nearby words

  1. humming,
  2. humming top,
  3. hummingbird,
  4. hummingbird moth,
  5. hummingly,
  6. hummus,
  7. humongous,
  8. humor,
  9. humoral,
  10. humoral immune response

Origin of hummock

1545–55; humm- (akin to hump) + -ock

Related formshum·mock·y, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for hummock


/ (ˈhʌmək) /


a hillock; knoll
a ridge or mound of ice in an ice field
Also called: hammock mainly Southern US a wooded area lying above the level of an adjacent marsh
Derived Formshummocky, adjective

Word Origin for hummock

C16: of uncertain origin; compare hump, hammock

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Word Origin and History for hummock



"knoll, hillock," 1550s, originally nautical, "conical small hill on a seacoast," of obscure origin, though second element is diminutive suffix -ock. In Florida, where the local form is hammock, it means a clump of hardwood trees on a knoll in a swamp or on a key.

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