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hovel

[huhv-uh l, hov-] /ˈhʌv əl, ˈhɒv-/
noun
1.
a small, very humble dwelling house; a wretched hut.
2.
any dirty, disorganized dwelling.
3.
an open shed, as for sheltering cattle or tools.
verb (used with object), hoveled, hoveling or (especially British) hovelled, hovelling.
4.
to shelter or lodge as in a hovel.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English hovell, of uncertain origin
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  • Well, this thatching of hovels is the custom of the country.
  • Other half-animal faces glared interrogation out of the hovels.
  • Writer went with them that night to a neighborhood of concrete and mud hovels.
  • Laundry above the hovels, public cleaning of teeth, the chatter of people squatting on the conduits that run across the bridge.
  • Peasants there dwelt in filthy one-room hovels heated by an open fire.
  • But others lived in houses that were little more than hovels.
British Dictionary definitions for hovels

hovel

/ˈhʌvəl; ˈhɒv-/
noun
1.
a ramshackle dwelling place
2.
an open shed for livestock, carts, etc
3.
the conical building enclosing a kiln
verb -els, -elling, -elled (US) -els, -eling, -eled
4.
to shelter or be sheltered in a hovel
Word Origin
C15: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for hovels

hovel

n.

mid-14c., "roofed passage, vent for smoke," later "shed for animals" (mid-15c.), of unknown origin. Meaning "shed for human habitation; rude or miserable cabin" is from 1620s. It also sometimes meant "canopied niche for a statue or image" (mid-15c.).

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