- –n.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.–v.t.to shelter as in a hovel or shed: »
to hovel thee with swine (Shakespeare).╂[Middle English hovel; origin uncertain]
Useful english dictionary. 2012.