AskDefine | Define hovel

Dictionary Definition

hovel n : small crude shelter used as a dwelling [syn: hut, hutch, shack, shanty] [also: hovelling, hovelled]

User Contributed Dictionary



Likely a diminutive form of the Anglo-Saxon hof, or house.



  1. An open shed for sheltering cattle, or protecting produce, etc., from the weather.
  2. A poor cottage; a small, mean house; a hut.
  3. In the manufacture of porcelain, a large, conical brick structure around which the firing kilns are grouped.


  1. To put in a hovel; to shelter.
    • To hovel thee with swine, and rogues forlon. -- Shakespeare
    • The poor are hoveled and hustled together. -- Tennyson

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Augean stables, burrow, coop, crib, dump, hole, hut, hutch, pesthole, pigpen, pigsty, plague spot, rookery, shack, shanty, slum, stable, sty, tenement, the slums, tumbledown shack, warren
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