Definition of Hoover in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈhuːvə/


A vacuum cleaner, properly one made by the Hoover company.
Example sentences
  • With their famous prancing horse insignia and red livery, Ferraris are racing cars in the same way that Hoovers are vacuum cleaners or Rizlas are cigarette papers.
  • There's a plastic railway buffet display unit for sandwiches on the worktop, genuine adverts, circa 1962, for Hoovers on the walls, and a Bakelite radio on the windowsill.
  • The magazine, aimed at women with advice on lifestyle issues and consumer products ranging from Hoovers to holidays, has existed in the UK since 1922.


1 (hoover) [with object] Clean (something) with a vacuum cleaner: he was hoovering the stairs
More example sentences
  • Animals get the star treatment - cows are hoovered clean while attentive stable hands polish every inch of the horses' hooves.
  • Marie is the mother of the flat, she's really clean and leaves notes around: ‘Boys, hoover the floor!’
  • Someone else hoovers the carpet before you think it needs doing.
1.1 (hoover something up) Suck something up with or as if with a vacuum cleaner: hoover up all the dust
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  • As well as sustaining many sea birds, they are hoovered up by the ton for the animal feed industry and over-fishing is probably involved.
  • Well, you hoover them up with a E-Z Catch Harvester!
  • The pages may be smaller but there appears to be no reduction in words: the broader columns seem to hoover them up.
1.2 (hoover something up) informal Consume something quickly and eagerly: he hoovered up three slices of cake
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  • Kilos of cocaine were hoovered up by the spectacularly famous and indulgent in the 1970s when, as Bob puts it, ‘lines were offered around like cups of coffee.’
  • I took in a big batch of chocolate chip cookies for the office, and they were hoovered up with great excitement - then later, I got a huge and beautiful bunch of flowers, and gift vouchers.
  • No doubt the Waratahs will be inspired by a 45,000 capacity crowd at the Sydney Football Stadium - tickets were hoovered up when they went on sale last week.


1920s: named after W. H. Hoover (see Hoover, William).

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