\ˈgrüm, ˈgru̇m \

Definition of groom 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 archaic : man, fellow

2a(1) archaic : manservant

(2) : one of several officers of the English royal household

b : a person responsible for the feeding, exercising, and stabling of horses


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

fit, fix, lay, prep, prepare, ready

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Examples of groom in a Sentence


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

Every familiar face was greeted warmly, with as much affection reserved for the mother of the bride, Doria Ragland, as the future king, and father of the groom, Prince Charles. Aimee Lewis, CNN, "A day in Windsor when everything changed," 19 May 2018 Although grooms aren't supposed to see their brides in their wedding dresses ahead of the wedding, according to superstition, Prince Harry still had some say in Meghan Markle's bridal look. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince Harry Helped Meghan Markle Choose Her Wedding Tiara with the Queen," 26 Oct. 2018 But when your groom's grandma is Queen Elizabeth, and the two of you are Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, life is quite the fantasy. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Here's All You Need To Know About Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Second "Cottage" From Queen Elizabeth," 23 July 2018 The groom also dressed formally for the occasion, wearing a black jacket, cream-colored vest and a pair of striped pants. Aurelie Corinthios,, "Kit Harington and Rose Leslie Are the Picture of Newlywed Bliss While Stepping Out in London," 11 July 2018 The idea for the club came from a wedding in 1927 where 60 Harley riders accompanied the groom, a famous motorcycle racer, to the altar. Rick Barrett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Castles and bikes: Harley riders from around the world roll into Prague," 5 July 2018 Norman was working as a groom at a country house where Thorpe was spending a weekend. Robert Lloyd,, "Hugh Grant has a killer role in Amazon's 'A Very English Scandal'," 28 June 2018 There are dozens of little figures holding tiny props: a man drinking wine by a cathedral radio in his parlor, a bride and groom on their wedding day, a grandmother wearing wiry glasses, knitting. Leslie Kendall Dye, Longreads, "City on a Hill," 23 June 2018 The bouquet also comes with a pizza boutonniere for the groom. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Brides get the chance to carry a pizza bouquet instead of flowers," 17 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Rover plans to expand into other on-demand pet services like grooming. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "The startup world’s cuddly, cutthroat battle to walk your dog," 12 Sep. 2018 Ales and Trails Dig Day Help work on grooming Back Ranch trail; join a ride; barbecue lunch. Chronicle Staff Report, San Francisco Chronicle, "Memorial Day and other events listings," 17 May 2018 The festival features everything from a bearded speed-dating session to live music to grooming vendors galore. Grace Dickinson,, "Facial hair tips from Philly's best bearded men," 25 Apr. 2018 None has shown much interest in grooming colleagues who may harbour ambitions of their own. The Economist, "CharlemagnePower does not always lie where you might expect in Europe," 1 Mar. 2018 Between the film curriculum and the on-court practical, this was a perfect environment for grooming an elite defender., "Breakaway: How Does an NBA Team Replace the Irreplaceable?," 7 Feb. 2018 Thanks to powerful representation in Congress and the White House, via native son John F. Kennedy, Cambridge was groomed to become the home of a NASA technical enter. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "As top innovation hub expands, can straining local infrastructure keep pace?," 6 Nov. 2018 More on the Tigers: (Photo: JULIAN H. GONZALEZ, Detroit Free Press) 2009: Scott Sizemore The 24-year-old was already being groomed as the Tigers’ second baseman of the future after hitting .307 in Erie. Ryan Ford, Detroit Free Press, "Future tense? Tigers' Futures Game players haven't often panned out," 14 July 2018 But the Fab Five — Antoni Porowski (food), Bobby Berk (design), Karamo Brown (culture), Jonathan Van Ness (grooming) and Tan France (fashion) — are going somewhere. Mallorie Sullivan,, "'Queer Eye' Season 3 will take place in Kansas City. Could Cincinnati be next?," 14 July 2018

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First Known Use of groom


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1809, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for groom


Middle English grom

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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 \

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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