- n. A vacuum cleaner (irrespective of brand).
- v. transitive, UK To clean (a room, etc) with a vacuum cleaner, irrespective of brand.
- v. intransitive, UK To use a vacuum cleaner, irrespective of brand.
- v. transitive To suck in or inhale, as if by a vacuum cleaner.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. slang to clean with a vacuum cleaner.
- n. United States industrialist who manufactured vacuum cleaners (1849-1932)
- n. 31st President of the United States; in 1929 the stock market crashed and the economy collapsed and Hoover was defeated for reelection by Franklin Roosevelt (1874-1964)
- n. a kind of vacuum cleaner
- n. United States lawyer who was director of the FBI for 48 years (1895-1972)
- v. clean with a vacuum cleaner
- The common noun and verb are taken from the brand name Hoover of one of the first vacuum cleaners. (Wiktionary)
“Hoover, whose history dates back to 1907, is one of the country's most iconic brands; the phrase "hoover up" is commonly understood to mean vacuum-cleaning, and also to eat or drink rapidly.”
“When she was making her work initially she believed that there must be a way to lift the plastic out of the world, to "hoover" it up and transport it somewhere in one fell swoop.”
“Hi: Interesting post but I think you meant "hoover" :”
“If iPod became a generally used term (such as hoover, mentioned above), then in future it could be impossible for Apple to enforce the trademark if someone were to use it in a malicious way, say to try and pass off cheap rubbish mp3 players as iPods.”
“By the way, im 16 years old and im damn proud of my body modifications, and im going into the industry of such a thing and im gonna modify myself to the extreme, this is my opinion dont like it, go "hoover" yourself.”
“She has not changed since the Roux's took over & has definitely not or needed to "hoover" up lessons from Michel Roux's TV programme.”
“Classic sounds such as the 'hoover' (from the Roland Alpha Juno 2) are enhanced and recreated”
“The idea in and of itself is not new, and various prototypes of this have been kicking around inside of Sun under various monikers ( "brain slug", "hoover", etc) without ever becoming a complete product.”
“Any thought of adding verbs such as hoover, i don't think it is used as in Britain?”
“(In much the same way as Hoover later used to complain whenever anyone used the word 'hoover' to describe any old vacuum cleaner as opposed to one of their specific products.)”
These user-created lists contain the word ‘hoover’.
All these terms have a (different) American English equivalent. Wonder if you can identify them?
Words only (I left out the expressions) from Geza Kerenyi's EN-HU interpreters' dictionary. Most of them pose some difficulty when interpreted between HU and EN in either or both directions.
Words that sound like sneezes
Well-known phrases in Irish English that aren't understood in American English.
hoping to learn more
If I've seen it, heard it, or marvelled at it, I'll stick it here.
all of these are from 7 English
dictionaries and Macquarie dictionary
I havent listed capitalized ones yet
but Viagra would be one and common
words like sterling a sub-machi...
Trademarks that have lost their character as indicators of source to become a general term for a product or service.
Words that remind me of England, which I miss very much.
Looking for tweets for hoover.