- a collection of huts and shacks, as at the edge of a city, housing the unemployed during the 1930s.
Origin of Hooverville
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Women could finally stop being Rosie the Riveter; men could stop living in Hooverville tents.Grandma-in-Chief
Patricia J. Williams
November 26, 2008
Word Origin and History for 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.