hoover [hoo-ver] ExamplesWord Origin 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 Hoover [hoo-ver] noun
- 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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Such was the corrosive paranoia of the time, fueled by McCarthy and abetted by Hoover.
November 10, 2014
Two years later, Kansas helped oust Curtis—and Hoover—by voting for Franklin Roosevelt and re-electing McGill.
October 3, 2014
Later, the White House passed from McKinley to Theodore Roosevelt to Taft, and then from Harding to Coolidge to Hoover.
August 24, 2014
Voters went against him even despite Democratic attempts to portray Hoover as a supporter of racial equality.
August 20, 2014
We have now passed the worst,” declared President Hoover, “and with continued unity of effort we shall rapidly recover.
April 30, 2014
Historical Examples of hoover
Hoover had to make his headquarters in London at the Commission’s central office.
But in both cases action was needed at once and in both cases Hoover got action.
Hoover had had in his Belgian relief work an experience with the heart of America.
But Hoover’s original assurance to the growers covered these months.
The breathless question was: Could Hoover do the impossible?
British Dictionary definitions for hoover Hoover 1 noun
- 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
Hoover 2 noun
- 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
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