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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
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Related Words for hoovering

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

British Dictionary definitions for hoovering


  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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  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 hoovering


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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