\ ˈgrüm How to pronounce groom (audio) , ˈgru̇m How to pronounce groom (audio) \

Definition of groom

 (Entry 1 of 2)

2a : a person responsible for the feeding, exercising, and stabling of horses
b(1) archaic : manservant
(2) : one of several officers of the English royal household
3 archaic : man, fellow


groomed; grooming; grooms

Definition of groom (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to clean and maintain the appearance of (an animal) especially : to maintain the health and condition of the coat of (a horse, dog, etc.) by brushing, combing, currying, or similar attention
2 : to make neat or attractive an impeccably groomed woman
3 : to get into readiness for a specific objective : prepare was being groomed as a presidential candidate

intransitive verb

: to groom oneself

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Synonyms for groom

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of groom in a Sentence

Verb The horses are being groomed for the competition. She spent hours grooming herself. She always seems to be perfectly groomed and neatly dressed. He is being groomed to take over the company.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Kate's bouquet honored royal tradition and her groom. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "8 Surprising Things You Might Not Know About Kate Middleton's Wedding Dress," 20 Apr. 2021 The bride’s only wish was to fuse her and her groom’s respective Korean and Indian heritages into the design. Ciarra Lorren Zatorski, Vogue, "Shop Wedding Tablescape Decor Inspired By Vogue Weddings," 19 Apr. 2021 Or how about a QB in the late rounds to learn from Case Keenum and groom to be a backup? – Damon Hinty. Terry Pluto, cleveland, "Make or break year for Joe Woods? Browns and OBJ’s future? Hey, Terry," 7 Apr. 2021 And while many religions dictate the wedding processional, which tends to involve one or both parents walking the bride to her groom — the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) have a totally different tradition. New York Times, "Walking Down the Aisle Alone," 18 Mar. 2021 In today's world, Ken isn't just a groom or surfer dude, but also a babysitter and man-bunned barista. Sara M Moniuszko, USA TODAY, "At 60, Barbie’s Ken is more diverse than ever but still ‘continuing to evolve and grow’," 11 Mar. 2021 Most ski areas welcome both types of skiers, and groom trails for both styles of skiing. Pamela Wright,, "Here’s why you should dust off those cross-country skis this winter," 18 Feb. 2021 Having a seamless event flow and movement throughout the evening was important to the bride and groom. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Couple Went All Out for Their “ Montana-Meets-Gatsby-Meets-Versailles ” Wedding at Home," 13 Apr. 2021 Afterward, the bride and groom left the abbey for a wedding breakfast at Buckingham Palace. Nancy Bilyeau, Town & Country, "The Story of Queen Elizabeth's Wedding Day," 9 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb As for quarterback, the Panthers could look at Texas A&M’s Kellen Mond or Stanford’s Davis Mills in the middle rounds as someone to groom behind Darnold. J.p. Pelzman, Forbes, "Carolina Panthers NFL Draft Preview: Surrounding Sam Darnold With The Right Pieces," 21 Apr. 2021 Trim yours selectively, one branch at a time, to reshape and groom them. Neil Sperry, San Antonio Express-News, "How to get dwarf nandinas to look their best (hint: serious pruning)," 16 Apr. 2021 That leaves this pick a bit of a mystery, but if Barmore winds up falling to the bottom of the first round, Tampa Bay shouldn’t hesitate to bolster its formidable front-seven and groom a replacement for Suh. C.j. Doon,, "2021 NFL mock draft (Version 3.0): First-round projections after 49ers, Dolphins shake up the top 10," 31 Mar. 2021 Maxwell helped recruit and groom for the now-deceased New York financier to abuse. Ben Wieder,, "Latest indictment says Ghislaine Maxwell groomed girl as young as 14 for Epstein’s abuse," 30 Mar. 2021 But on public land, ski clubs have struck deals with agencies to groom the courses using their own machines and labor, paid for by member dues. Sundog, Outside Online, "Cross-Country Skiers Have Ruined My Dog Walks," 3 Apr. 2021 The 49ers can draft a quarterback and groom him to be the backup, though that hasn’t worked well with C.J. Beathard, a third-round pick, or with Nick Mullens, who was signed as an undrafted rookie free agent. Ann Killion, San Francisco Chronicle, "49ers' massive Trent Williams deal sends strong message about Jimmy Garoppolo," 17 Mar. 2021 In the following two decades, his dry humor, Middle Atlantic tone, and mastery of the mysteries of Capitol Hill prompted the network to use him as a regular substitute for Walter Cronkite on the Evening News and to groom him as Cronkite's successor. Philip Terzian, Washington Examiner, "Roger Mudd, 1928-2021," 11 Mar. 2021 Her highest and best offer came from Chrysler, which hired a few dozen new graduates that year and paid them an annual salary of about $40,000, seeking to groom them for management. Eric Berger, Wired, "How Elon Musk Convinced Gwynne Shotwell to Join SpaceX," 2 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of groom


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3


1809, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for groom


Middle English grom

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The first known use of groom was in the 14th century

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6 May 2021

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“Groom.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of groom

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a man who has just married or is about to be married
: a person who takes care of horses



English Language Learners Definition of groom (Entry 2 of 2)

: to clean and care for (an animal)
: to make (someone) neat and attractive
: to make (something) neat, smooth, or attractive


\ ˈgrüm How to pronounce groom (audio) \

Kids Definition of groom

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a man who has just been or is about to be married
2 : a person in charge of horses


groomed; grooming

Kids Definition of groom (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to make neat and attractive groom a dog
2 : to prepare for a purpose His family is grooming him to take over their business.

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