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  • n. A vacuum cleaner (irrespective of brand).
  • v. To clean (a room, etc) with a vacuum cleaner, irrespective of brand.
  • v. To use a vacuum cleaner, irrespective of brand.
  • v. To suck in or inhale, as if by a vacuum cleaner.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. to clean with a vacuum cleaner.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • 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


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

The common noun and verb are taken from the brand name Hoover of one of the first vacuum cleaners.


  • 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.

    Hoover, Dirt Devil Put on Auction Block

  • 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.

    Wallace J Nichols: The Story of Plastic and Toxic Art

  • Hi: Interesting post but I think you meant "hoover" :

    Google Hoovers up More News

  • 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.

    Scripting News for 9/23/2006 « Scripting News Annex

  • 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.

    Confession: Freaky body piercings gross me out

  • 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.

    Evening Standard - Home

  • Classic sounds such as the 'hoover' (from the Roland Alpha Juno 2) are enhanced and recreated

    Kahvi Collective News (XML)

  • 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.

    Sun Bloggers

  • Any thought of adding verbs such as hoover, i don't think it is used as in Britain?

    Citizendium, the Citizens' Compendium - Recent changes [en]

  • (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.)

    Everything2 New Writeups


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  • It's what's for dinner!

    April 1, 2011

  • You know CSS, yarb. Corn syrup solids.

    April 1, 2011

  • I'm no expert on CSS scripts, but wouldn't that be hovver?

    April 1, 2011

  • Its used too on css scripts. Hoover is when you put the cursor over a link.

    April 1, 2011

  • Rare in AmE, where it is not understood generically, but may reference Hoover the brand. Use vacuum instead

    March 31, 2011

  • Nobody does it like you, the way that you do, C_B, nobody, does it like you.

    November 13, 2007

  • And let's not forget about Hoovervilles.

    November 12, 2007

  • Something I've been thinking about lately. One site I spend a lot of time on is Facebook. Recently they announced that their member database is becoming searchable, meaning my profile could appear on Google. Not in its entirety, granted, just a header and my picture. Still, it's opt-out if I don't want to be included in that (seems like it should be opt-in). And who knows what other privacy issues they will loosen up on in the future? The thought occurred to me that if, for whatever reason, I stopped using Facebook, my information might one day become very public of its own accord. Yikes!

    September 6, 2007

  • " does this contribute to the growing problem of “digital litter�? in which people are leaving crumbs of personal information all over the web, in a way that makes it very difficult to hoover up at a later date, if they so desire." --

    September 6, 2007

  • Nobody does it like you.

    August 2, 2007

  • Or to consume food the way a vacuum cleaner cleans. ;-)

    August 1, 2007

  • verb: to clean with a vacuum cleaner

    August 1, 2007