hov|el «HUHV uhl, HOV-», noun, verb, -eled, -el|ing or (especially British) -elled, -el|ling
1. a house that is small, crude, and unpleasant to live in: »

The poor old man lived in a hovel down by the railroad tracks.

SYNONYM(S): shanty.
2. an open shed for sheltering cattle, grain, tools, or machinery.
to shelter as in a hovel or shed: »

to hovel thee with swine (Shakespeare).

[Middle English hovel; origin uncertain]

Useful english dictionary. 2012.