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hassock Syllabification: has·sock
Pronunciation: /ˈhasək/

Definition of hassock in English:


1A thick, firmly padded cushion, in particular.
Example sentences
  • Felt slipcovers with peekaboo cutout designs update the look of these square hassocks.
  • Even when sitting and watching the TV, I would rest my leg on a hassock and place an ankle weight on top of the knee to gradually stretch the knee out to full extension.
  • Bill, who had been looking for her, bounced into the room and pounced on the hassock at her feet.
1.1North American A footstool.
Example sentences
  • For what she had in mind, she wished she'd had a simple footstool or hassock, but the pillows from the couch would have to do.
  • Put your feet up on a footstool or hassock, or lie on your side.
  • Not only is our new library just gorgeous and full of cozy chairs and large hassocks and windows and sunlight and air, but one particular favorite nook is right next to all the poetry books.
1.2chiefly British A cushion for kneeling on in church.
Example sentences
  • The side chapels were deserted, save for an elderly aristo woman who knelt on an embroidered hassock, chanting her rosary as she strung the beads along the string.
  • Many years ago when visiting St. Mary's church in Cambridge, England, I saw a large hassock with the words embroidered on it: ‘Think - Thank.’
  • As a matter of interest, the chairs, a prayer book and a hassock for each seat in the original plan were bought and paid for by a 50 pence (10/-) subscription from the worshipers of the time, prior to the consecration.
2A firm clump of grass or matted vegetation in marshy or boggy ground.
Example sentences
  • A root will run two feet under ground, afraid to pop up its head, till it finds a hassock of bunch grass or an ironweed root to serve as a protector.


Old English hassuc (sense 2), of unknown origin.

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