Hoo·​ver·​ville ˈhü-vər-ˌvil How to pronounce Hooverville (audio)
: a shantytown of temporary dwellings during the depression years in the U.S.
broadly : any similar area of temporary dwellings

Examples of Hooverville in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Our lead, Joe Rance (Callum Turner), trudges to campus from a Hooverville; later, the coach Al Ulbrickson (Joel Edgerton), pokes around his crew’s lockers to count the holes in their shoes. Amy Nicholson, New York Times, 24 Dec. 2023

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Word History


Herbert Hoover + -ville

First Known Use

1930, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Hooverville was in 1930

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“Hooverville.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Hooverville. Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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