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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Hoover, Herbert Clark 1874-1964. The 31st President of the United States (1929-1933). After the stock market crash of 1929 he was unwilling to finance employment through federal intervention and lost the presidency to Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1932.
  • Hoover, J(ohn) Edgar 1895-1972. American director of the FBI (1924-1972). He is remembered for fighting gangsterism during the Prohibition era (1919-1933) and for a vigorous anti-Communist campaign after World War II.
  • Hoover, Lou Henry 1874-1944. First Lady of the United States (1929-1933) as the wife of Herbert Hoover. She urged women to pursue careers and gave a series of radio talks for young people.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A vacuum cleaner of the Hoover brand. Alternative form of hoover.
  • proper n. An American surname (shared by several famous people including J Edgar Hoover and Herbert Hoover).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a kind of vacuum cleaner.

Etymologies

The surname is an anglicization of German and Dutch Huber. The common noun and verb are taken from the brand name of one of the first vacuum cleaners. (Wiktionary)

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