\ 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

The bride wore a gorgeous ivory silk, off-the-shoulder gown designed by Vivienne Westwood, while the groom put on a classic tux for the ceremony. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Every Photo From Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth's Surprise Wedding You Haven't Seen Yet," 28 Dec. 2018 Several of the shots show Cyrus' first dance with Hemsworth, and include the groom adorably nuzzling into his wife's neck. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Miley Cyrus Just Shared the First Full-Length Photo of Her Wedding Dress, & It's Simply Stunning," 26 Dec. 2018 At the reception, the bride and groom and their guests all celebrated by doing a shot of tequila together. Samantha Drake, Country Living, "How Kelsea Ballerini and Morgan Evans Make Their Marriage Work on the Road," 13 Nov. 2018 Typically first look pictures involve a groom and a bride seeing each other in their wedding attire for the first time. Alexandra Deabler, Fox News, "Indiana bride surprises groom with hilarious first look photos: 'He thought things were falling apart'," 10 Sep. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

When done coiffing your face, use it in the shower to groom everything else. Jason Diamond, WSJ, "The Best Beard Trimmers for Each Man’s Grooming Quirks," 21 Nov. 2018 As part of those efforts, the kingdom’s reportedly worked to groom a Twitter employee to spy on user accounts. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Saudi Arabia reportedly groomed Twitter employee to spy on user accounts," 20 Oct. 2018 The Chargers appear to be grooming rising senior Patrick Angelovic to be their opening day starter at quarterback. Andrew Turner,, "Edison reaches Gold Bracket playoffs of the Battle at the Beach," 8 July 2018 In a way, his granddaughter might already be groomed for that. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville pottery company has a new owner and a trove of forgotten art," 11 June 2018 In 2018, the chain expects to groom do about 600,000 groomings. Kyle Arnold,, "Orlando pet-supply stores fetch big business," 14 May 2018 Tkachuk is exactly the kind of player that head coach Rick Tocchet would love to groom. Richard Morin, azcentral, "NHL mock draft: Arizona Coyotes select a familiar name with No. 5 pick in first round," 1 May 2018 Instructors will teach 4- to 16-year-olds the basics of how to ride a horse (or pony), how to groom their horse, and other skills. Caitlin Granfield, miamiherald, "Your child will never be bored at these camps | Miami Herald," 6 Apr. 2018 The national forests and parks hire kids to groom trails. Xian Chiang-waren, Outside Online, "Elyse Rylander Is a Trailblazer for LGBTQ Youth," 3 Apr. 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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