Definition of hammock in US English:



  • A bed made of canvas or of rope mesh and suspended by cords at the ends, used as garden furniture or on board a ship.

    • ‘I looked up and saw a man sitting in a hammock that was strung across the ceiling.’
    • ‘Each has a balcony, complete with wicker chairs and a hammock - many guests choose to sleep in the latter.’
    • ‘I love the rope hammocks but I think the mesh would be even nicer.’
    • ‘For the modern Cuna, it provides fibers for making clothing, brooms, threads for sewing and weaving, lamp wicks, rope, and hammocks.’
    • ‘I set up my tent; Marvin and Frankie string their hammocks.’
    • ‘I try to take a break next door in one of Rusco garden furniture's comfy rope hammocks, but the saleslady sees I'm way too snug and turfs me out sharpish.’
    • ‘Guests staying in the courtyard also enjoy a private sundeck with sun beds and hammocks.’
    • ‘At night we sleep in hammocks strung between two trees on the bank, and keep our fire lit, to keep jaguars and other animals away.’
    • ‘Some of the crew went off-shift, stringing up hybrid bunks and hammocks belowdecks, the others continued working.’
    • ‘When we arrived at a grass-thatched hut at sundown, we'd string up our hammocks and spend the night.’
    • ‘Sunbathing on the cute white sandy beach hugging the lagoon is slightly congested but pleasant, with hammocks strung among the palm trees.’
    • ‘They now approached a boy who lay back in a hammock strung between two large maple trees.’
    • ‘Thence in comparison to pricey couches, hammocks are more user-friendly.’
    • ‘Then again, maybe if I ask nicely, the boss will let me string a hammock under my desk.’
    • ‘We talk about natural childbirth and child spacing, swaddling, using cradleboards and hammocks, and carrying your baby.’
    • ‘In such areas it is not unusual for people to use hammocks rather than beds.’
    • ‘Elyante lead them to the cabin, where hammocks hung and a little table was bolted down in the middle.’
    • ‘Peering through windows offered a glimpse of how the real Mexicans live, and unearthed the interesting fact that here beds are a rarity, rope hammocks the norm.’
    • ‘As there were many experiments, many of them had to sleep in hammocks or cots instead of regular beds.’
    • ‘Everyone else would sleep on the lower deck in hammocks that were strung from one side rail to the other side rail of the lower deck.’
    bunk, bed, bunk bed, cot, couch
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Mid 16th century (in the Spanish form hamaca): via Spanish from Taino hamaka; the ending was altered in the 16th century by association with -ock.