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.
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How to use hovel in a sentence
She approached one of the wretched hovels by the way-side, and knocked with her hand upon the door.Charles Dickens' Enduring Insights on Human Loss and Suffering | David Frum | February 18, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Then she proudly led the way to one of the largest and certainly the most decrepit looking of all the hovels in Dogtown.The Campfire Girls of Roselawn | Margaret Penrose
It was a mosque that stood in a garden, bounded by a high and stout wall and protected by jungle and mud hovels.The Red Year | Louis Tracy
The aspect of the serfs, just returned from the fields, was no less wretched than that of their hovels.The Pilgrim's Shell or Fergan the Quarryman | Eugne Sue
And all these tens of thousands of unhappy people sleep in hovels, and subsist upon strong drink and wretched food.My Religion | Leo Tolstoy
But the poor man remains, and the castle yet rears its lofty front above the hovels of the suffering laborers.
British Dictionary definitions for hovel
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
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