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.


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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.



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