[ huhv-uh l, hov- ]
/ ˈhʌv əl, ˈhɒv- /


a small, very humble dwelling house; a wretched hut.
any dirty, disorganized dwelling.
an open shed, as for sheltering cattle or tools.

verb (used with object), hov·eled, hov·el·ing or (especially British) hov·elled, hov·el·ling.

to shelter or lodge as in a hovel.

Origin of hovel

1375–1425; late Middle English hovell, of uncertain origin
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British Dictionary definitions for hovel

/ (ˈhʌvəl, ˈhɒv-) /


a ramshackle dwelling place
an open shed for livestock, carts, etc
the conical building enclosing a kiln

verb -els, -elling or -elled or US -els, -eling or -eled

to shelter or be sheltered in a hovel

Word Origin for hovel

C15: of unknown origin
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