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[ham-uh k] /ˈhæm ək/
a hanging bed or couch made of canvas, netted cord, or the like, with cords attached to supports at each end.
Origin of hammock1
1545-55; < Spanish hamaca < Taino of Hispaniola
Related forms
hammocklike, adjective


[ham-uh k] /ˈhæm ək/
hummock (def 1). Unabridged
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  • A cot for Pen and a book shelf or two with a corner clothes closet and some hammock swung chairs completed the furniture.

    Still Jim Honor Willsie Morrow
  • And that reminds me: I have a hammock somewhere among my belongings.

  • Mimosas will presently make a sensitive-plant of him who hangs his hammock beneath their shade.

    Mount Rainier Various
  • And Yates, swinging drowsily in his hammock, was no less gratified.

  • "I'm depending upon you for the bread," he said to the drowsy man in the hammock.

  • The Little Doctor stopped the hammock with her toe and sat up.

    Chip, of the Flying U B. M. Bower
  • Tall Priscilla occupied the hammock, and Ruth was ensconced in a willow rocking-chair, with a hassock at her feet.

    Peggy Raymond's Vacation Harriet L. (Harriet Lummis) Smith
British Dictionary definitions for hammock


a length of canvas, net, etc, suspended at the ends and used as a bed
Derived Forms
hammock-like, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Spanish hamaca, of Taino origin


a variant of hummock (sense 3)
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Word Origin and History for hammock

1650s, alteration of hamaca (1550s), from Spanish hamaca, from Arawakan (Haiti) word apparently meaning "fish nets" (cf. Yukuna hamaca, Taino amaca).

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