[[t]hɒ̱v(ə)l, AM hʌ̱v-[/t]]
1) N-COUNT A hovel is a small hut, especially one which is dirty or needs a lot of repair.

They lived in a squalid hovel for the next five years.

2) N-COUNT (disapproval) You describe a house, room, or flat as a hovel to express your disapproval or dislike of it because it is dirty, untidy, and in poor condition.

I went for a living-in job, but the room I was given was a hovel.


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