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hovel

[ huhv-uhl, hov- ]
/ 藞h蕦v 蓹l, 藞h蓲v- /
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noun
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路eled, hov路el路ing or (especially British) hov路elled, hov路el路ling.
to shelter or lodge as in a hovel.
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Origin of hovel

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

hovel
/ (藞h蕦vl, 藞h蓲v-) /

noun
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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