a small or humble dwelling of simple construction, especially one made of natural materials, as of logs or grass.
a simple roofed shelter, often with one or two sides left open.
Military. a wooden or metal structure for the temporary housing of troops.

verb (used with object), hut·ted, hut·ting.

to furnish with a hut as temporary housing; billet.

verb (used without object), hut·ted, hut·ting.

to lodge or take a shelter in a hut.

Origin of hut

1645–55; < French hutte < Frankish, cognate with Old Saxon hutta, Old High German hutt(e)a < West Germanic *hudjā; akin to hide1
Related formshut·like, adjective

Synonyms for hut

1. shed, hovel. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for hut

Contemporary Examples of hut

Historical Examples of hut

  • Finished the hut, pugging it at the ends, and making the roof better.

  • Trenches were dug round the hut and tent, so that they must have had rain.

  • You will then see under a great beech-tree the hut of a charcoal-burner.

    The White Company

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • So I knew my thought was still good, and I made room for him in the warmth of the hut.

    The Trail Book

    Mary Austin

  • "It is all there in there," waving her hand towards the hut.

    Green Mansions

    W. H. Hudson

British Dictionary definitions for hut



a small house or shelter, usually made of wood or metal
the hut Australian (on a sheep or cattle station) accommodation for the shearers, stockmen, etc
NZ a shelter for mountaineers, skiers, etc


to furnish with or live in a hut
Derived Formshutlike, adjective

Word Origin for hut

C17: from French hutte, of Germanic origin; related to Old High German hutta a crude dwelling
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Word Origin and History for hut

1650s, from French hutte "cottage" (16c.), from Middle High German hütte "cottage, hut," probably from Proto-Germanic *hudjon-, related to the root of Old English hydan "to hide," from PIE *keudh-, from root (s)keu- (see hide (n.1)). Apparently first in English as a military word. Old Saxon hutta, Danish hytte, Swedish hytta, Frisian and Middle Dutch hutte, Dutch hut are from High German.

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