Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A thick cushion used as a footstool or for kneeling.
  • n. A dense clump of grass.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A thick cushion used as a seat; an ottoman or pouffe.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A rank tuft of bog grass; a tussock.
  • n. A small stuffed cushion or footstool, for kneeling on in church, or for home use.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Coarse grass which grows in rank tufts on boggy ground; especially, the large sedge, Carex paniculata, the dried tufts of which were used in churches for footstools.
  • n. A besom; anything bushy; also, a large round turf used as a seat.
  • n. A thick hard cushion used as a footstool or in place of a kneeling-bench.
  • n. Kentish ragstone. Also written hassack.
  • n. Same as haslock.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. thick cushion used as a seat
  • n. a cushion for kneeling on (as when praying in church)

Etymologies

Middle English hassok, clump of grass, from Old English hassuc.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English hassuc, of uncertain origin. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Cowboy Jack called a "hassock" -- a low seat -- and studying a paper he had found.

    Six Little Bunkers at Cowboy Jack's

  • Edwin's slippered feet rested on a hassock, and in front of the hassock was a red-glowing gas-stove.

    Clayhanger

  • They then form a ring, and commence dancing round a hassock which is placed, end upwards, in the middle of the room.

    Games For All Occasions

  • They then form a ring, and commence dancing round a hassock which is placed, end upward, in the middle of the room.

    My Book of Indoor Games

  • Violently, he kicks a hassock which is above the table_ R. _to under the table_ C.,

    Belinda

  • Mrs. Rolls's small, plump feet in cheap Japanese slippers rested upon a "hassock" on whose covering reposed (in worsted) a black spaniel with blue high lights.

    Winnie Childs The Shop Girl

  • _Ottoman_: A kind of hassock or thick mat for kneeling upon; so-called from being used by the Ottomans or Turks.

    American Woman's Home

  • _Ottoman_, a kind of hassock, or thick mat, for kneeling upon; so called, from being used by the Ottomans or Turks.

    A Treatise on Domestic Economy For the Use of Young Ladies at Home and at School

  • "Well, besides the words calling the hassock an all-purpose something, there are numbers.

    The Norby Chronicles

  • "Of course you're quite right about our being left with an improbability at best, the open book and the hassock could be a matter of a minute of two.

    Wednesday the Rabbi Got Wet

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