Hassock
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. --Forby. [1913 Webster]

2. A small stuffed cushion or footstool, for kneeling on in church, or for home use. [1913 Webster]

And knees and hassocks are well nigh divorced. --Cowper. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • hassock — O.E. 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 …   Etymology dictionary

  • hassock — [has′ək] n. [ME hassok < OE hassuc, (clump of) coarse grass < ?] 1. Now Rare a thick clump or tuft of grass; tussock 2. a firmly stuffed cushion used as a footstool or seat …   English World dictionary

  • hassock — UK [ˈhæsək] / US noun [countable] Word forms hassock : singular hassock plural hassocks in some churches, a thick cushion (= cloth bag filled with soft material) used for kneeling on …   English dictionary

  • hassock — noun Etymology: Middle English, sedge, from Old English hassuc Date: before 12th century 1. tussock 2. a. a cushion for kneeling < a church hassock > b. a padded cushion or low stool that serves as a seat or leg rest …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • hassock — [[t]hæ̱sək[/t]] hassocks N COUNT A hassock is a cushion for kneeling on in a church. [mainly BRIT] …   English dictionary

  • hassock — /has euhk/, n. 1. a thick, firm cushion used as a footstool or for kneeling. 2. ottoman (def. 6). 3. a rank tuft of coarse grass or sedge, as in a bog. [bef. 1000; ME; OE hassuc coarse grass] * * * …   Universalium

  • hassock — noun a) A cushion used primarily in churches for kneeling on while praying. b) A thick cushion used as a seat; an ottoman or pouffe …   Wiktionary

  • hassock — Synonyms and related words: Eames chair, Hitchcock chair, TV chair, armchair, armless chair, back seat, banquette, bar stool, barber chair, barrel chair, basket chair, batch, batwing chair, bed chair, bench, bicycle seat, boudoir chair, bow back… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • hassock — (Roget s IV) n. Syn. footrest, ottoman, footstool, cushion, stool; see also furniture , seat 1 …   English dictionary for students

  • hassock — has|sock [ˈhæsək] n [: Old English; Origin: hassuc small thick mass of grass ] 1.) a small ↑cushion for kneeling on in a church 2.) AmE a soft round piece of furniture used as a seat or for resting your feet on British Equivalent: pouf …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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