from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun See hoveler.

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  • noun UK, dialect One who assists in saving life and property from a wreck; a coast boatman.


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  • Pritchard's most interesting chapter, in which the best authorities are quoted at length, is convincing that the word 'hoveller' is derived from _hobelier_ (_hobbe_, [Greek] _hippos_, Gaelic _coppal_) and signifies 'a coast watchman, 'or' look-out man, 'who, by horse

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  • In the olden time the owners of these nautical huts dwelt in them, hence the name of "hoveller" which is used at the present day.

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  • Oliver, and Long Eliza that married Treleaven the hoveller, and

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  • Among the protected men his eye lit on Treleaven the hoveller, husband to Long Eliza, and Caius

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  • (One of the two boatmen, thoughtfully regarding me, shut up one eye; this I understood to mean: first, that he took me into the conversation: secondly, that he confirmed the proposition: thirdly, that he announced himself as a hoveller.) ‘All of a sudden Mr. Clocker and me stood rooted to the spot, by hearing a sound come through the stillness, right over the sea, LIKE A GREAT

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