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[huht] /hʌt/
a small or humble dwelling of simple construction, especially one made of natural materials, as of logs or grass.
a simple roofed shelter, often with one or two sides left open.
Military. a wooden or metal structure for the temporary housing of troops.
verb (used with object), hutted, hutting.
to furnish with a hut as temporary housing; billet.
verb (used without object), hutted, hutting.
to lodge or take a shelter in a hut.
Origin of hut
1645-55; < French hutte < Frankish, cognate with Old Saxon hutta, Old High German hutt(e)a < West Germanic *hudjā; akin to hide1
Related forms
hutlike, adjective
1. shed, hovel. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for hutting
Historical Examples
  • Do you remember when Prout and you were on their track for hutting and trespass, wasn't it?

    Stalky & Co. Rudyard Kipling
  • Mrs. hutting's views on this point imposed on Jeremy proceedings which he felt to be unbecoming to a philosopher.

    Double Harness Anthony Hope
  • No ancient instances would have shaken Mrs. hutting on this point; the train of logic was too strong.

    Double Harness Anthony Hope
  • The finishing-school was brandished again, but, after a private consultation on finance, put aside by the rector and Mrs. hutting.

    Double Harness Anthony Hope
  • However the school-teacher did say something to the post-mistress, whence the something came to Mrs. hutting's ears.

    Double Harness Anthony Hope
  • The act destroyed not less than 30,000 cartloads of wood, which might have been made available for hutting and fuel.

    The British Expedition to the Crimea William Howard Russell
  • hutting and road-making were the occupations of the hour, and rapid progress was made in both.

    The British Expedition to the Crimea William Howard Russell
  • According to these directions, the major-generals, accompanied by the engineers, were to fix on the proper spot for hutting.

    Revolutionary Reader Sophie Lee Foster
  • Kinds of designs and experiments in hutting could be practised without expense in this simple way.

    The Art of Travel Francis Galton
  • The troops were landed, and there being no barrack accommodation for them, some succeeded in hutting themselves most comfortably.

British Dictionary definitions for hutting


a small house or shelter, usually made of wood or metal
(Austral) the hut, (on a sheep or cattle station) accommodation for the shearers, stockmen, etc
(NZ) a shelter for mountaineers, skiers, etc
to furnish with or live in a hut
Derived Forms
hutlike, adjective
Word Origin
C17: from French hutte, of Germanic origin; related to Old High German hutta a crude dwelling
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Word Origin and History for hutting



1650s, from French hutte "cottage" (16c.), from Middle High German hütte "cottage, hut," probably from Proto-Germanic *hudjon-, related to the root of Old English hydan "to hide," from PIE *keudh-, from root (s)keu- (see hide (n.1)). Apparently first in English as a military word. Old Saxon hutta, Danish hytte, Swedish hytta, Frisian and Middle Dutch hutte, Dutch hut are from High German.

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