1. A crude or makeshift dwelling or shelter; a shack.
2. A temporary structure for sheltering troops.
3. A sturdy building offering shelter in the backcountry, as to mountaineers.
tr. & intr.v. hut·ted, hut·ting, huts
To shelter or take shelter in a hut.
[French hutte, of Germanic origin; see (s)keu- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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