verb (used with object), hov·eled, hov·el·ing or (especially British) hov·elled, hov·el·ling.
Origin of hovel
Examples from the Web for hovel
When we first meet Bob, Tomlinson treats us to a description of the hovel in which he lives.
"She works out of a hovel, it is a broken-down building, just a shack," she said.A Rare Meeting with Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi|Liz Goodwin|March 12, 2011|DAILY BEAST
Harold said nothing, and stood leaning moodily against the wall of the hovel, evidently a prey to painful thoughts.Fort Lafayette or, Love and Secession|Benjamin Wood
She does not want to live any longer in the hovel, and would rather have a cottage.Household Stories by the Brothers Grimm|Jacob Grimm and Wilhelm Grimm
In another moment I was standing outside the hovel, my chair-rail in my hand, every muscle of me quivering.The Island of Doctor Moreau|H. G. Wells
He ought to be taken from this hovel to another, or somewhere.A Russian Proprietor|Lyof N. Tolstoi
He must have had a place, a hut, a palm-leaf shed, some sort of hovel where he kept his razor and his change of sleeping suits.An Outcast of the Islands|Joseph Conrad
British Dictionary definitions for hovel
verb -els, -elling or -elled or US -els, -eling or -eled
Word Origin for hovel
Word Origin and History for hovel
mid-14c., "roofed passage, vent for smoke," later "shed for animals" (mid-15c.), of unknown origin. Meaning "shed for human habitation; rude or miserable cabin" is from 1620s. It also sometimes meant "canopied niche for a statue or image" (mid-15c.).