A hammock is a rope or canvas bed that hangs from a stand, two trees, or another support. You might enjoy reading a book while lying in a hammock under a shady tree.

  • Pronunciation: / 'hæmək/
  • English description: a hanging bed of canvas or rope netting (usually suspended between two trees); swings easily
  • Synonyms: sack
  • Chinese Translation: 吊床(diao4 chuang2)
  • Spanish Translation: la hamaca
  • ORIGIN: Most people use hammocks to nap or relax, rather than sleeping in them all night, and many kids enjoy swinging back and forth in a hammock. In some cultures and special situations, hammocks have been used for regular sleeping — for example, hammocks were once commonly found on ships, providing sailors with easily portable beds. Hammock comes from the Spanish hamaca, a variation on the Taino hamaka, "fish nets."


  • The regular swing helps kids let off steam, whereas the cocoon swing, which looks like a vertical hammock, is comforting.
  • The palm trees provide much-needed shade, a place to sling a hammock, and give the place an authentic, jungle feel.

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