[ huhv-uhl, hov- ]
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  1. a small, very humble dwelling house; a wretched hut.

  2. any dirty, disorganized dwelling.

  1. 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.
  1. 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-) /

  1. a ramshackle dwelling place

  2. an open shed for livestock, carts, etc

  1. the conical building enclosing a kiln

verb-els, -elling or -elled or US -els, -eling or -eled
  1. to shelter or be sheltered in a hovel

Origin of hovel

C15: of unknown origin

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