Hooverville [hoo-ver-vil] EXAMPLES|WORD ORIGIN noun a collection of huts and shacks, as at the edge of a city, housing the unemployed during the 1930s. Liberaldictionary.com

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  • Origin of Hooverville H. Hoover + -ville, suffix in place names (French: city Latin; see villa) Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019 Examples from the Web for hoovervilles Contemporary Examples of hoovervilles

  • They call their tent city Romneyville, a play on the Hoovervilles, shantytowns of the Great Depression.

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  • Word Origin and History for hoovervilles Hooverville

    1933, American English, from U.S. president Herbert C. Hoover (1874-1964), who was in office when the Depression began, + common place-name ending -ville. Earlier his name was the basis of Hooverize “economize on food” (1917) from his role as wartime head of the U.S. Food Administration.

    Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper hoovervilles in Culture Hoovervilles

    The encampments of the poor and homeless that sprang up during the Great Depression. They were named with ironic intent after President Herbert Hoover, who was in office when the depression started.

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