Hooverville

[hoo-ver-vil]

Origin of Hooverville

H. Hoover + -ville, suffix in place names (< French: city < Latin; see villa)
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Contemporary Examples of hooverville

  • Women could finally stop being Rosie the Riveter; men could stop living in Hooverville tents.

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    Grandma-in-Chief

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    November 26, 2008


Word Origin and History for hooverville

Hooverville

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.

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