Definition of Hooverville in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈho͞ovərˌvil/


A shantytown built by unemployed and destitute people during the Depression of the early 1930s.
Example sentences
  • If the Great Depression brought forth Hoovervilles, these trailer towns may someday be known as Bushvilles.
  • Homeless migrants drive into towns and were directed to Hoovervilles, shantytowns.
  • Like Depression-era Hoovervilles, these encampments take on an air of semipermanence by the end of the tournament.


Named after H.C. Hoover (see Hoover, Herbert), during whose presidency such accommodations were built (see also -ville).

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Syllabification: Hoo·ver·ville

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