AskDefine | Define Hoover

Dictionary Definition



1 United States industrialist who manufactured vacuum cleaners (1849-1932) [syn: William Hoover, William Henry Hoover]
2 United States lawyer who was director of the FBI for 48 years (1895-1972) [syn: J. Edgar Hoover, John Edgar Hoover]
3 31st President of the United States; in 1929 the stock market crashed and the economy collapsed and Hoover was defeated for re-election by Franklin Roosevelt (1874-1964) [syn: Herbert Hoover, Herbert Clark Hoover, President Hoover]
4 a kind of vacuum cleaner v : clean with a vacuum cleaner; "vacuum the carpets" [syn: vacuum, vacuum-clean]

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


Proper noun

  1. A brand of vacuum cleaner.
  2. A surname (shared by several famous people including J Edgar Hoover and Herbert Hoover).

Usage notes

Extensive Definition

The name Hoover may refer to:



In the United States:


  • The Hoover Company, a former division of the Whirlpool Corporation sold to Techtronic Industries (famous for their vacuums)
  • Hoover's, Inc., a business information company that is owned by Dun & Bradstreet
  • Hoover Institution, a public policy think tank at Stanford University



  • Any vacuum cleaner, although originally a particular brand of The Hoover Company
  • Hoover (seal), a harbor seal that learned to imitate basic human speech
  • Hoover Index: Edgar Malone Hoover's inequality measure, also known as Robin Hood index
  • Hoover is sometimes used as a slang term for oral sex.

See also

Hoover in German: Hoover
Hoover in French: Hoover
Hoover in Japanese: フーヴァー
Hoover in Finnish: Hoover
Hoover in Swedish: Hoover
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