How Do You Spell HOVEL?

Pronunciation: [hˈɒvə͡l] (IPA)

Hovel is a word that refers to a small and often dirty dwelling. Its spelling is interesting because the 'h' is silent, and 'o' is pronounced as an 'oh' sound, spelled as /oʊ/. The 'v' is pronounced normally as /v/, and the 'e' is pronounced as a schwa sound /ə/. So the phonetic transcription of hovel is /ˈhoʊvəl/. It is essential to understand the correct pronunciation and spelling of words like hovel to communicate effectively in spoken and written English.

HOVEL Meaning and Definition

  1. A hovel is a noun that refers to a small, poorly constructed and extremely humble dwelling or shelter. It typically lacks the basic amenities and comforts found in more modern or well-maintained homes. The term is often used to describe a dilapidated, cramped, or squalid living space that affords little protection from the elements.

    Characterized by its simplicity and crude construction, a hovel is generally made from cheap or salvaged materials such as scrap wood, corrugated metal, or mud. It may have a thatched or patched roof and uneven floors, with walls that offer limited insulation or structural integrity. This type of dwelling is commonly associated with poverty, hardship, or rural areas where resources and access to better housing are limited or prohibitively expensive.

    The word "hovel" can also be used metaphorically to describe any space or environment that is run-down, cramped, or unappealing. It often conjures up images of squalor, destitution, or substandard living conditions. Although the term can carry negative connotations, it serves as a reminder of the challenges faced by individuals or communities who lack proper housing and underscores the pressing need for improved living conditions and social equity.

  2. • A shed; a mean habitation.
    • To put into a hovel.

    Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

Etymology of HOVEL

The word hovel is of Old English origin. It can be traced back to the 13th century and has evolved from the Old English word hof, meaning a small farmstead or courtyard. In Middle English, it transformed into hovel, referring to a small, crude, and humble dwelling. This word likely derived from an earlier Germanic source, as it is related to the Middle Dutch word hovel, which also meant a hut or shed.

Similar spelling words for HOVEL

Plural form of HOVEL is HOVELS

Conjugate verb Hovel

CONDITIONAL

I would hovel
you would hovel
he/she/it would hovel
we would hovel
they would hovel

CONDITIONAL CONTINUOUS

I would be hoveling
you would be hoveling
he/she/it would be hoveling
we would be hoveling
they would be hoveling

CONDITIONAL PERFECT

I would have hovel
you would have hovel
he/she/it would have hovel
we would have hovel
they would have hovel

CONDITIONAL PERFECT CONTINUOUS

I would have been hoveling
you would have been hoveling
he/she/it would have been hoveling
we would have been hoveling
they would have been hoveling

FUTURE

I will hovel
you will hovel
he/she/it will hovel
we will hovel
they will hovel

FUTURE CONTINUOUS

I will be hoveling
you will be hoveling
he/she/it will be hoveling
we will be hoveling
they will be hoveling

FUTURE PERFECT

I will have hoveled
you will have hoveled
he/she/it will have hoveled
we will have hoveled
they will have hoveled

FUTURE PERFECT CONTINUOUS

I will have been hoveling
you will have been hoveling
he/she/it will have been hoveling
we will have been hoveling
they will have been hoveling

IMPERATIVE

you hovel
we let´s hovel

NONFINITE VERB FORMS

to hovel

PAST

I hoveled
you hoveled
he/she/it hoveled
we hoveled
they hoveled

PAST CONTINUOUS

I was hoveling
you were hoveling
he/she/it was hoveling
we were hoveling
they were hoveling

PAST PARTICIPLE

hoveled

PAST PERFECT

I had hoveled
you had hoveled
he/she/it had hoveled
we had hoveled
they had hoveled

PAST PERFECT CONTINUOUS

I had been hoveling
you had been hoveling
he/she/it had been hoveling
we had been hoveling
they had been hoveling

PRESENT

I hovel
you hovel
he/she/it hovels
we hovel
they hovel

PRESENT CONTINUOUS

I am hoveling
you are hoveling
he/she/it is hoveling
we are hoveling
they are hoveling

PRESENT PARTICIPLE

hoveling

PRESENT PERFECT

I have hoveled
you have hoveled
he/she/it has hoveled
we have hoveled
they have hoveled

PRESENT PERFECT CONTINUOUS

I have been hoveling
you have been hoveling
he/she/it has been hoveling
we have been hoveling
they have been hoveling

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