hammock Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun a small natural hill
    hillock; mound; hummock; knoll.
  2. noun a hanging bed of canvas or rope netting (usually suspended between two trees); swings easily


Ham"mock noun
A word of Indian origin: cf. Sp. hamaca. Columbus, in the Narrative of his first voyage, says: "A great many Indians in canoes came to the ship to-day for the purpose of bartering their cotton, and hamacas, or nets, in which they sleep."
  1. A swinging couch or bed, usually made of netting or canvas about six feet wide, suspended by clews or cords at the ends.
  2. A piece of land thickly wooded, and usually covered with bushes and vines. Used also adjectively; as, hammock land. Southern U. S. Bartlett.

Webster 1913