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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ He thought of Hob dying in his hovel, his wife frightened of the future.
▪ If you are on your own in a hovel it is nothing other than miserable.
▪ It shows that not all labourers' cottages were flimsy hovels and that families in this group could aspire to reasonable comfort.
▪ Not a hovel, not a peasant, not even a chicken nosing through the cinders.
▪ Ridgery Butts was a slovenly, poor village, clay and thatch hovels clustered about its church and windmill.
▪ The bear moved into the gardener's hovel.
▪ The guy who owned the hovel was named Mr Bartles.
▪ Yartsov and 12 other families who were assigned rundown concrete one-room hovels clustered in a muddy field.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Hovel \Hov"el\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Hoveledor Hovelled; p. pr. & vb. n. Hoveling or Hovelling.] To put in a hovel; to shelter.

To hovel thee with swine, and rogues forlon.

The poor are hoveled and hustled together.


Hovel \Hov"el\, n. [OE. hovel, hovil, prob. a dim. fr. AS. hof house; akin to D. & G. hof court, yard, Icel. hof temple; cf. Prov. E. hove to take shelter, heuf shelter, home.]

  1. An open shed for sheltering cattle, or protecting produce, etc., from the weather.
    --Brande & C.

  2. A poor cottage; a small, mean house; a hut.

  3. (Porcelain Manuf.) A large conical brick structure around which the firing kilns are grouped.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

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.).


n. 1 An open shed for sheltering cattle, or protecting produce, etc., from the weather. 2 A poor cottage; a small, mean house; a hut. vb. (context transitive English) To put in a hovel; to shelter.

  1. n. small crude shelter used as a dwelling [syn: hut, hutch, shack, shanty]

  2. [also: hovelling, hovelled]

Hövel (Sundern)

Hövel is a village part of the city and municipality of Sundern, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.


Hovel can mean:

  • A small poor-quality house: see wikt:hovel
  • The brick outer shell of a bottle oven
  • Hövels is a municipality in the district of Altenkirchen, in Rhineland-Palatinate, in western Germany.

Usage examples of "hovel".

Bezu walked with him part way down the street, and then, looking up at the sky, eyes asquint in the quickly fading daylight, wished him a good journey and hurried back to his hovel.

A painter would have stopped to admire the night effects of this scene, but Marie, not wishing to enter into conversation with Barbette, who sat up in bed and began to show signs of amazement at recognizing her, left the hovel to escape its fetid air and the questions of its mistress.

July 18th, I bowght goodman Welder his hovel, which is in the yard of the howse next me, which I bowght of Mr.

The east side of Broadway, during the rule of the Dutch, was thickly built up with dwellings of but one room, little better than hovels.

The farmhouses were as dumpy as the women, mere hovels of mud, sometimes whitewashed.

He lirruped and chirruped to the girl in the way the equestrienne invokes docility in a shy horse and led her through the maze of hovels until they debouched abruptly upon a glittering street.

Day, the seventh of Sundeath, when every sound-bodied person in Eron left hearth and home, hold and hall, palace and hovel alike to bring in the last of the autumn harvest.

Then he rose and ran to his hovel at the back of the hut whence he returned bearing in his hand a glittering lump fashioned to the shape of an ax.

The warehouses were on the left, with the Molt hovels straggling against the Mirror beyond.

He left the knapsack in the weeds, and secreted one short-fused bomb against a rickety godown, the other behind a hovel.

Flames from the blazing godown roof, fanned by the wind, jumped the alley to attack the next line of hovels.

There was a jacal at the back of the court: a larger structure than the hovel in which the sick girl and her brother had suffered, but built of sticks and mud in the same fashion.

I went to the Oka, found his house, though it was really not a house but simply a hovel.

Thus, for instance, the old-fashioned witch is no longer found in any part of Ireland, her memory lingering only as a tradition, but her modern successor is frequently met with, and in many parishes a retired hovel in a secluded lane is a favorite resort of the neighboring peasants, for it is the home of the Pishogue, or wise woman, who collects herbs, and, in her way, doctors her patients, sometimes with simple medicinal remedies, sometimes with charms, according to their gullibility and the nature of their ailments.

The hovel on Ferry stood, or, rather, leaned at a bibulous angle on a narrow street cut across at an oblique angle by another narrow street, all the old wooden homes like an upset cookie jar of broken gingerbread houses lurching this way and that way, and the shutters hanging off their hinges and windows stuffed with old newspapers, and the snagged picket fence and raised voices in unknown tongues and howling of dogs who, since puppyhood, had known of the world only the circumference of their chain.