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[has-uh k] /ˈhæs ək/
a thick, firm cushion used as a footstool or for kneeling.
ottoman (def 6).
a rank tuft of coarse grass or sedge, as in a bog.
Origin of hassock
before 1000; Middle English; Old English hassuc coarse grass Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for hassock
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  • 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
  • It was late in the afternoon; he sat on his hassock and watched Aunt Amanda sewing.

    The Old Tobacco Shop William Bowen
  • Dorothy's cushion and hassock in the church and in the cathedral were the same as her aunt's.

    He Knew He Was Right Anthony Trollope
  • Freddie took his customary place on the hassock at her feet.

    The Old Tobacco Shop William Bowen
  • Lancaster got a cigar from the humidor and collapsed his long gaunt body across chair and hassock.

    Security Poul William Anderson
  • I was beside her, sitting on a hassock, so that I could look out into the street.

    Beautiful Joe Marshall Saunders
  • And Marion settled little Sarah more comfortably on the hassock, and straightened herself, ready to listen.

  • “There is but a segment,” she said, sitting back upon the hassock again.

    Hunters Out of Space Joseph Everidge Kelleam
  • She came to Cherry's hassock, and dropped on it, and rested her untidy head against his knee.

    Sisters Kathleen Norris
  • She slipped on to the hassock at his feet, resting her head on his leg.

    Cynthia Leonard Merrick
British Dictionary definitions for hassock


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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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