- a small, very humble dwelling house; a wretched hut.
- any dirty, disorganized dwelling.
- an open shed, as for sheltering cattle or tools.
- to shelter or lodge as in a hovel.
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.Slaves In A Family's Past Haunt The Present
August 28, 2014
"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
March 12, 2011
The hovel of a cutter of wood into lengths for burning, was the only house at that end; all else was wall.A Tale of Two Cities
He owned a piece of land beside the hovel of Hyacinthe Fouan.A Zola Dictionary
J. G. Patterson
Yes, our love shall dwell in a palace of health, not in a hovel of disease.The Book of Khalid
Pierre pictured the hovel in the old quarter, which had just been mentioned by Felicite.The Fortune of the Rougons
Certainly there was nothing gay to look at in the four corners of the hovel.L'Assommoir
- a ramshackle dwelling place
- an open shed for livestock, carts, etc
- the conical building enclosing a kiln
- to shelter or be sheltered in a 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.).