Pronunciation Noun

hut (plural huts)

  1. A small, simple one-storey dwelling or shelter, often with just one room, and generally built of readily available local materials.
    a thatched hut; a mud hut; a shepherd’s hut
    • 1625, Nicholas Breton, “An Untrained Souldiour” in Characters and Essayes, Aberdeen: Edward Raban, p. 31,
      And in his Hut, when hee to rest doth take him,
      Hee sleeps, till Drums or deadlie Pellets wake him.
    • 1751, Samuel Johnson, The Rambler, No. 186, 28 December, 1751, Volume 6, London: J. Payne and J. Bouquet, 1752, pp. 108-109,
      […] love, that extends his dominion wherever humanity can be found, perhaps exerts the same power in the Greenlander’s hut, as in the palaces of eastern monarchs.
    • 1861, Charles Dickens, Great Expectations, London: Chapman and Hall, Volume 2, Chapter 20, p. 341,
      […] I was a hired-out shepherd in a solitary hut, not seeing no faces but faces of sheep till I half forgot wot men’s and women’s faces wos like,
    • 1958, Chinua Achebe, Things Fall Apart, New York: Anchor Books, 1994, Chapter 11, p. 95,
      There was an oil lamp in all the four huts on Okonkwo’s compound#Etymology_1|compound, and each hut seen from the others looked like a soft eye of yellow half-light set in the solid massiveness of night.
  2. A small wooden shed.
    a groundsman’s hut
  3. (agriculture, obsolete) A small stack of grain.
Translations Translations Verb

hut (huts, present participle hutting; past and past participle hutted)

  1. (archaic, transitive) To provide (someone) with shelter in a hut.
    to hut troops in winter quarters
    • 1631, Henry Hexham (translator), The Art of Fortification by Samuel Marolois, Amsterdam: John Johnson, Part 2, Figure 124 & 125,
      […] commonly the Captaines, after their souldiers are hutted, build Hutts in the place, where their tents stood,
    • 1803, Robert Charles Dallas, The History of the Maroons, London: Longman and Rees, Volume 1, Letter 6, p. 200,
      […] the scite of the New Town, where divisions of the 17th and 20th light dragoons had hutted themselves.
    • 1850, Washington Irving, The Life of Washington, New York: John W. Lovell, Volume 2, Chapter 56, p. 443,
      His troops, hutted among the heights of Morristown, were half fed, half clothed, and inferior in number to the garrison of New York.
  2. (archaic, intransitive) To take shelter in a hut.
    • 1653, Newsletter sent from London to Edward Nicholas dated 17 June, 1653, in William Dunn Macray (ed.), Calendar of the Edward Hyde, 1st Earl of Clarendon State Papers, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1869, Volume 2, p. 219,
      Seven boatfuls of Dutch prisoners have been taken to Chelsea College, where they are to hut under the walls.
    • 1778, William Gordon, The History of the Rise, Progress, and Establishment, of the Independence of the United States of America, London: for the author, Volume 3, Letter 1, p. 11,
      He removed with the troops, on the 19th, to Valley-forge, where they hutted, about sixteen miles from Philadelphia.
  3. (agriculture, obsolete, transitive) To stack (sheaves of grain).
    • 1796, James Donaldson, Modern Agriculture; or, The Present State of Husbandry in Great Britain, Edinburgh, Volume 2, p. 417,
      The method of endeavouring to save corn in bad harvests, by hutting it in the field, is often practised in the north and west of Scotland,
  1. (American football) Called by the quarterback to prepare the team for a play.

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