\ 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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Louisville Ballet is redesigning the context of the ballet, but the classic story begins when a young groom is awakened on his wedding day by a kiss from a sylph. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, 17 May 2022 And until 2019, Harris County’s license had an ornate image of a woman signing a book with a groom looming nearby. Timothy Fanning, San Antonio Express-News, 8 Mar. 2022 In Asch's drama, a Polish Jewish father who makes a living from the brothel in his basement wants to marry his virgin daughter to a pious Jewish groom. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 7 Mar. 2022 The bride wore a custom white mini-dress with a theatrically-long veil while the groom looked polished in a classic black suit. Shafiq Najib,, 9 June 2022 There are many variables to ponder here, however, including how awful your cousins really are, and how tolerant the bride, groom and his family are willing or able to be. Amy Dickinson, Washington Post, 8 June 2022 The verb to groom was initially used in the 19th century, first in terms of currying (brushing) and feeding horses. Melissa Mohr, The Christian Science Monitor, 30 May 2022 Like bridesmaids, groomsmen have a tenuous line to walk between looking impeccable without upstaging the groom. Christian Gollayan, Men's Health, 16 May 2022 The wedding procession took place with both the groom and bride being escorted separately on to the Mandap by a group of Kandyan dancers and drummers. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, 5 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The state’s smaller parks are relatively easy to groom for wildfire preparedness but are threatened because of adjacent public lands. Washington Post, 7 Apr. 2022 As for jewelry, the bride and groom both wore custom wedding bands by Stephanie Gottlieb. Alyssa Bailey, ELLE, 11 June 2022 In recent years, Instagram has launched new tools to protect teens from predatory users, particularly adults attempting to groom them. Anchorage Daily News, 28 May 2022 In recent years, Instagram has launched new tools to protect teens from predatory users, particularly adults attempting to groom them. Drew Harwell, Washington Post, 28 May 2022 The bigger challenge is to groom potential audiences long term, and teach the public to appreciate and even crave the art form. Sarah L. Kaufman, Washington Post, 23 May 2022 Facial hair has been in style in some form or another for centuries, and men have been experimenting with different shapes and techniques to groom their beards for just as long. Cristina Montemayor, Men's Health, 22 Apr. 2022 Bride and groom Olivia and Paul Samplawski brought their dog, Amy, to serve as their ring bearer for their ceremony. John Kuntz, cleveland, 14 Feb. 2022 Her parents hoped to groom their daughter to become a live-in housekeeper and caretaker, per the New Yorker. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, 28 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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\ 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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