hovel
Pronunciation
  • IPA: /ˈhɒvəl/, /ˈhʌvəl/
Noun

hovel (plural hovels)

  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.
Translations Translations Verb

hovel (hovels, present participle hovelling; past and past participle hovelled)

  1. (transitive) To put in a hovel; to shelter.
    • c. 1603–1606, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of King Lear”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act V, scene vii]:
      To hovel thee with swine, and rogues forlorn.
    • 1855, Alfred Tennyson, “Maud”, in Maud, and Other Poems, London: Edward Moxon, […], OCLC 1013215631 ↗, page 1 ↗:
      The poor are hovell'd and hustled together.
  2. (transitive) To construct a chimney so as to prevent smoking, by making two of the more exposed walls higher than the others, or making an opening on one side near the top.



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