- 1874-1964; 31st president of the U.S. (1929-33)
- 1895-1972; U.S. government official: director of the FBI (1924-72)
verbhoo·vered, hoo·ver·ing, hoo·vers
- Informal a. To clean (a surface or material) with a vacuum cleaner: hoovered the rug.b. To remove with a vacuum cleaner. Often used with up : hoovered up the spilled cereal.
- Slang To consume entirely; devour. Often used with up or down.
Origin of hooverAfter the Hoover Company, a prominent manufacturer of vacuum cleaners.
- A vacuum cleaner (irrespective of brand).
(third-person singular simple present hoovers, present participle hoovering, simple past and past participle hoovered)
- (UK) To clean (a room, etc) with a vacuum cleaner, irrespective of brand.
- I need to hoover this room.
- (intransitive, UK) To use a vacuum cleaner, irrespective of brand.
- My husband is upstairs, hoovering.
- To suck in or inhale, as if by a vacuum cleaner.
The common noun and verb are taken from the brand name Hoover of one of the first vacuum cleaners.
- A vacuum cleaner of the Hoover brand. Alternative form of hoover.
- An American surname (shared by several famous people including J Edgar Hoover and Herbert Hoover).