An example of a hovel is a tiny cramped apartment.
An example of hovel is for a squirrel to store nuts in a tiny hole.
Origin of hovel
- Middle English hut
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English hovel, hovil, hovylle, diminutive of Old English hof (“an enclosure, court, dwelling, house”), from Proto-Germanic *hufą (“hill, farm”), from Proto-Indo-European *kewp- (“arch, bend, buckle”), equivalent to howf + -el. Cognate with Dutch hof (“garden, court”), German Hof (“yard, garden, court, palace”), Icelandic hof (“temple, hall”). Related to hove and hover.