- a collection of huts and shacks, as at the edge of a city, housing the unemployed during the 1930s.
Origin of Hooverville
Examples from the Web for hoovervilles
They call their tent city Romneyville, a play on the Hoovervilles, shantytowns of the Great Depression.Anti-RNC Leaders: The Protests Must Go On
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Word Origin and History for hoovervilles
1933, American English, from U.S. president Herbert C. Hoover (1874-1964), who was in office when the Depression began, + common place-name ending -ville. Earlier his name was the basis of Hooverize "economize on food" (1917) from his role as wartime head of the U.S. Food Administration.