- The definition of a hammock is a canvas or rope bed that is hung between two trees or other supports.
A bed that is hung between two palm trees that you lounge in outside in your backyard or when you are on vacation is an example of a hammock.
A hammock on the beach.
Origin of hammockSpanish hamaca, of Arawakan origin, originally
Origin of hammockvariant, variety of hummock
Origin of hammockSpanish hamaca, from Taíno.
- A swinging couch or bed, usually made of netting or canvas about six feet wide, suspended by clews or cords at the ends.
- (US, archaic) A piece of land thickly wooded, and usually covered with bushes and vines.
From Spanish hamaca, from Taino. 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.”