Meaning: a vacuum cleaner; a machine for cleaning house and car interiors; also a verb
- I'll get the hoover and give the inside of this car a good cleaning.
- If you drop some powder on the carpet, just hoover it up before you go please.
Origin: William Henry Hoover (1849-1932) was an American businessman who in 1908 founded The Hoover Company, making vacuum cleaners. The business expanded to Europe, where "hoover" became synonymous with vacuums and vacuuming.
Variety: This is typically used in British English but may be used in other varieties of English too.
You would normally use a hoover to
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Contributor: Tara Benwell