Hovel meaning

hŭvəl, hŏv-
The definition of a hovel is a small shelter, or a low, open shed.

An example of a hovel is a tiny cramped apartment.

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A small, miserable dwelling.
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An open, low shed.
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A low, open shed as for sheltering animals or storing supplies or equipment.
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Any small, miserable dwelling; hut.
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To shelter in a hovel.
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An open shed for sheltering cattle, or protecting produce, etc., from the weather.
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In the manufacture of porcelain, a large, conical brick structure around which the firing kilns are grouped.
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To put in a hovel; to shelter.
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Hovel is defined as to shelter or store in a tiny space.

An example of hovel is for a squirrel to store nuts in a tiny hole.

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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.

    From Wiktionary