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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Mr Peniket collected the prayer-books and straightened the hassocks.
▪ My father pointed to the old round leather hassock.
▪ The hassock had once been green and red and was now a uniform brown.
▪ The relatively modern pews and colourful hassocks seem merely transient and do nothing to conceal the vibrant essence of this ancient environment.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Hassock \Has"sock\ (h[a^]s"s[u^]k), n. [Scot. hassock, hassik, a besom, anything bushy, a large, round turf used as a seat, OE. hassok sedgy ground, W. hesgog sedgy, hesg sedge, rushes; cf. Ir. seisg, and E. sedge.]

  1. A rank tuft of bog grass; a tussock.

  2. A small stuffed cushion or footstool, for kneeling on in church, or for home use.

    And knees and hassocks are well nigh divorced.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

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.


n. 1 A dense clump of grass or vegetation; a tussock. (from 10th c.) 2 A cushion used primarily in churches for kneeling on while praying. (from 16th c.) 3 A thick cushion used as a seat; an ottoman or pouffe.

  1. n. thick cushion used as a seat [syn: ottoman, pouf, pouffe, puff]

  2. a cushion for kneeling on (as when praying in church)

Usage examples of "hassock".

Or maybe just put your tired old dogs up on a foot hassock and listen to the world as it rolls down the great bowling alley of the universe?

Pirojil and Durine hung their swordbelts on the backs of their chairs, while Kethol just stretched out his long legs onto a hassock - and steaming cups of Keshian coffee were brought to them without any asking.

He settled there the way he might have settled on a comfortable hassock in a friend's apartment and suddenly Bradenton couldn't even get a small breath.

To his left, resting on a low table adjacent to a flat padded hassock, a copy of the Koran bound in green leather and tooled by hand with golden Arabic script listing the nine-and-ninety honourable names of the Almighty.

When he eased his tongue into her mouth, she jumped, pushed away from him, backed up three fast steps, tripped over the hassock she'd kicked and landed on her bottom not on the soft Axminster carpet, but onto the oak floor.

The heavy furniture rose up at her in the half-light, high-backed chairs with deep seats and wide arms, made for the tall Wilkes men, squatty soft chairs of velvet with velvet hassocks before them for the girls.

The room was odd but attractive, furnished with blue rugs and round blue velvet hassocks, with numerous small doors around the walls.

By the time he's done chanting he'll be hysterical, bumping into walls and tripping over hassocks while he's fumbling for a door.

And see, they have discovered this green creature that was inside my tail rest--which they call by the interesting nonsense word, hassock.

And so say the truth, notwithstanding that very many of them are carried into other countries of the main, yet their greatest trade beginneth now to grow from the forge into the kitchen and hall, as may appear already in most cities and towns that lie about the coast, where they have but little other fuel except it be turf and hassock.

The hill woman sat on a hassock, a half-eaten oil cake clutched in her hands, staring open-mouthed at Miles in all his power and polish.

Claire perched on the edge of the hassock, it being the only piece of furniture in the room that was neither overstuffed nor covered in knickknacks.

She sat in an upholstered platform rocker with her slippered feet on a small petit point hassock.

He eased himself down on a hassock, motioning her to a scat opposite, and she saxv that he had a wooden leg that protruded stiffly to one side.