hoover, n. & v.
--n. propr. a vacuum cleaner (properly one made by the Hoover company).
1 tr. (also absol.) clean (a carpet etc.) with a vacuum cleaner.
2 (foll. by up) a tr. suck up with or as with a vacuum cleaner (hoovered up the crumbs). b absol. clean a room etc. with a vacuum cleaner (decided to hoover up before they arrived).
W. H. Hoover, Amer. manufacturer d. 1932