from The Century Dictionary.
- noun See
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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
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.
Oliver, and Long Eliza that married Treleaven the hoveller, and
Among the protected men his eye lit on Treleaven the hoveller, husband to Long Eliza, and Caius
(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