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hoover

[hoo-ver]
verb (used with object) (often initial capital letter) Chiefly British.
  1. to clean with a vacuum cleaner.
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Origin of hoover

First recorded in 1925–30; after the trademark of a vacuum cleaner manufacturer

Hoover

[hoo-ver]
noun
  1. Herbert (Clark),1874–1964, 31st president of the U.S. 1929–33.
  2. J(ohn) Edgar,1895–1972, U.S. government official: director of the FBI 1924–72.
  3. Lou Henry,1874–1944, U.S. First Lady 1929–33 (wife of Herbert Hoover).
  4. a town in N central Alabama.
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Related Words for hoover

feed, inhale, absorb, ingest, devour, guzzle, swallow, exhaust, ravage, gobble, destroy, eat, mow, gulp, snack, swill, punish, nibble, down, wolf

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Contemporary Examples of hoover

Historical Examples of hoover

  • This brings us to Hoover's connection with the relief of Belgium.

    Herbert Hoover

    Vernon Kellogg

  • Hoover had to make his headquarters in London at the Commission's central office.

    Herbert Hoover

    Vernon Kellogg

  • But in both cases action was needed at once and in both cases Hoover got action.

    Herbert Hoover

    Vernon Kellogg

  • Hoover had had in his Belgian relief work an experience with the heart of America.

    Herbert Hoover

    Vernon Kellogg

  • But Hoover's original assurance to the growers covered these months.

    Herbert Hoover

    Vernon Kellogg


British Dictionary definitions for hoover

Hoover

1
noun
  1. trademark a type of vacuum cleaner
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verb (usually not capital)
  1. to vacuum-clean (a carpet, furniture, etc)
  2. (tr often foll by up) to consume or dispose of (something) quickly and completelyhe hoovered up his grilled fish
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Hoover

2
noun
  1. Herbert (Clark). 1874–1964, US statesman; 31st president of the US (1929–33). He organized relief for Europe during and after World War I, but as president he lost favour after his failure to alleviate the effects of the Depression
  2. J (ohn) Edgar. 1895–1972, US lawyer: director of the FBI (1924–72). He used new scientific methods to combat crime, including the first fingerprint file
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Word Origin and History for hoover

Hoover

proprietary name for a make of vacuum cleaner (patented 1927); sometimes used generally for "vacuum cleaner." As a verb, meaning "to vacuum," from 1926, in the company’s advertising.

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