groom

1 of 2

noun

1
2
a
: 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

groom

2 of 2

verb

groomed; grooming; grooms

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 person
3
a
: to make (someone) ready for a specific objective : prepare
was being groomed as a presidential candidate
b
: to build a trusting relationship with (a minor) in order to exploit them especially for nonconsensual sexual activity

intransitive verb

: to groom oneself

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
According to Michelle Winterfield, finance expert and co-founder of Tandem, a money-splitting app for couples, Costco offers significant savings opportunities for brides and grooms on everything from flowers and food to honeymoon travel arrangements. Erin Clack, Peoplemag, 25 Feb. 2024 The bride and groom both wanted to match the elegant and cinematic aura of their destination with their fashion choices. Shelby Wax, Vogue, 21 Feb. 2024 Perspective Carolyn Hax: With abusive parents on the guest list, is brother’s wedding a... Perspective Carolyn Hax: Jilted by the groom, then guilted by the guests Perspective Carolyn Hax: Fiance calls it ‘selfish’ not to welcome his family as wedding... Carolyn Hax, Washington Post, 16 Feb. 2024 Best man confesses at brother's wedding 02:06 - Source: CNN Wedding speech leaves groom speechless A confession by the groom’s brother during his wedding speech left guests in stitches! Andrew Torgan, CNN, 14 Feb. 2024 The couple confirmed their recent nuptials on Instagram in September 2022, with each of them posting a dreamy photo of the bride and groom. Taijuan Moorman, USA TODAY, 17 Jan. 2024 But as the happy couple arrive at their reception, a new groom is introduced — Lopez’s former World of Dance costar Derek Hough. Shania Russell, EW.com, 10 Jan. 2024 The groom kicked things off by reading out the vows that the bride had written on his behalf. Erin Clack, Peoplemag, 12 Feb. 2024 On a moody afternoon in Maryland, Eva walked down an aisle of antique oriental rugs to meet Sharif in a poplar tree grove planted by the groom’s grandfather 60 years ago. Elise Taylor, Vogue, 2 Feb. 2024
Verb
Salons also offer a form of therapy where, collectively, people can grieve and process their trauma while getting their brows groomed and cuticles trimmed. Sophia Panych, Allure, 22 Feb. 2024 Overall, the group hopes that by listening to the episode, at least one person who is being manipulated or groomed can feel supported. Emily Longeretta, Variety, 19 Feb. 2024 Democrats need to focus on better exposing and grooming their bench of candidates to take over the reins of national leadership, starting with the 2024 presidential election. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, 15 Feb. 2024 This part of the resort has more than 10 miles of rustic terrain, both groomed and not, prime for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Catch a show at the Vilar Performing Arts Center. Jen Murphy, Travel + Leisure, 13 Feb. 2024 After just a few strokes, my brows appeared fluffy, defined, and groomed to natural-looking perfection. Kiana Murden, Vogue, 2 Feb. 2024 These are all potentially transmissible, either by sharing bedding and food dishes or by biting, grooming and sidling up to one another. Dr. Patty Khuly, Miami Herald, 31 Jan. 2024 After that, Webster shapes his mustache with wax and grooms his mutton chops. Katie Knight, Kansas City Star, 31 Jan. 2024 The first yurt — Banner Ridge — was built in 1996 as a way to generate revenue to offset the cost of maintaining and grooming the Park N’ Ski system that launches from four parking lots along Idaho 21 north of Idaho City. Chadd Cripe, Idaho Statesman, 31 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Middle English grom

First Known Use

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

Verb

1781, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of groom was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Groom.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/groom. Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

groom

1 of 2 noun
1
a
archaic : a male servant
b
: a person in charge of horses
2

groom

2 of 2 verb
1
: to clean and keep up the appearance of (as the coat of a horse or dog)
2
: to make neat, attractive, or acceptable

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