Definition of hammock in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈhamək/


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A bed made of canvas or rope mesh suspended from two supports by cords at both ends.
Example sentences
  • I love the rope hammocks but I think the mesh would be even nicer.
  • Peering through windows offered a glimpse of how the real Mexicans live, and unearthed the interesting fact that here beds are a rarity, rope hammocks the norm.
  • I try to take a break next door in one of Rusco garden furniture's comfy rope hammocks, but the saleslady sees I'm way too snug and turfs me out sharpish.


Mid 16th century (in the Spanish form hamaca): via Spanish from Taino hamaka; the ending was altered in the 16th century by association with -ock.

  • This was hamaka in the extinct Caribbean language Taino. It became hamaca in Spanish, which was used at first in English. The last syllable was altered in the 16th century to conform to English words ending in –ock.

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