hoover [hoo-ver] ExamplesWord Origin verb (used with object) (often initial capital letter) Chiefly British.

  1. to clean with a vacuum cleaner.

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.

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019 Related Words for hoover feed, inhale, absorb, ingest, devour, guzzle, swallow, exhaust, ravage, gobble, destroy, eat, mow, gulp, snack, swill, punish, nibble, down, wolf Examples from the Web for hoover Contemporary Examples of hoover

  • Such was the corrosive paranoia of the time, fueled by McCarthy and abetted by Hoover.

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  • Two years later, Kansas helped oust Curtis—and Hoover—by voting for Franklin Roosevelt and re-electing McGill.

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  • Later, the White House passed from McKinley to Theodore Roosevelt to Taft, and then from Harding to Coolidge to Hoover.

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    August 24, 2014

  • Voters went against him even despite Democratic attempts to portray Hoover as a supporter of racial equality.

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  • We have now passed the worst,” declared President Hoover, “and with continued unity of effort we shall rapidly recover.

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  • Historical Examples of hoover

  • 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

  • The breathless question was: Could Hoover do the impossible?

    Herbert Hoover

    Vernon Kellogg

  • British Dictionary definitions for hoover Hoover 1 noun

    1. trademark a type of vacuum cleaner

    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

    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

    Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 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.

    Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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