[ hoo-ver ]
/ ˈhu vər /

verb (used with object) (often initial capital letter) Chiefly British.

to clean with a vacuum cleaner.

Origin of hoover

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

Definition for hoover (2 of 2)

[ hoo-ver ]
/ ˈhu vər /


Herbert (Clark),1874–1964, 31st president of the U.S. 1929–33.
J(ohn) Edgar,1895–1972, U.S. government official: director of the FBI 1924–72.
Lou Henry,1874–1944, U.S. First Lady 1929–33 (wife of Herbert Hoover).
a town in N central Alabama.
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British Dictionary definitions for hoover (1 of 2)

/ (ˈhuːvə) /


trademark a type of vacuum cleaner

verb (usually not capital)

to vacuum-clean (a carpet, furniture, etc)
(tr often foll by up) to consume or dispose of (something) quickly and completelyhe hoovered up his grilled fish

British Dictionary definitions for hoover (2 of 2)

/ (ˈhuːvə) /


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
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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