- a bridegroom.
- a man or boy in charge of horses or the stable.
- any of several officers of the English royal household.
- Archaic. a manservant.
- to tend carefully as to person and dress; make neat or tidy.
- to clean, brush, and otherwise tend (a horse, dog, etc.).
- to prepare for a position, election, etc.: The mayor is being groomed for the presidency.
- (of an animal) to tend (itself or another) by removing dirt, parasites, or specks of other matter from the fur, skin, feathers, etc.: often performed as a social act.
Origin of groom
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Examples from the Web for grooming
Why did it take 16 years for this grooming ring to be exposed?The Psychology of Sex Slave Rings
August 31, 2014
But she came away from the experience empowered by her newly politicized perception of grooming habits.Meet the Professor of Hairy Studies
July 9, 2014
And there are other opportunities in grooming that are interesting.After 100 Years, the Shaving Industry Is Finally being Disrupted
January 24, 2014
“Both Cecil and [D.O.] allege that Mr. Clash courted them when, in fact, what he was doing was grooming them,” Herman said.‘I Always Felt It Was Creepy’: Stories of Sex With Elmo Puppeteer Kevin Clash
Maria Elena Fernandez
December 6, 2012
Though he never said so publicly, Mubarak was thought to be grooming his younger son, Gamal, to take over as president.In Egypt, Mubarak Verdict Could Send Message to Assad
Dan Ephron, Sabah Hamamou
May 31, 2012
When it came to grooming the mud was caked thick on all hides.The Delta of the Triple Elevens
William Elmer Bachman
Of mornings, Landy assisted with the colt's grooming and education.David Lannarck, Midget
George S. Harney
With that he proceeded to give Bobby such a grooming as he had never had before.Greyfriars Bobby
It had been explained to them that each one should attend the grooming of his or her own horse.Dorothy on a Ranch
We went round to the stables, where we found Dio, who was grooming the horses.With Axe and Rifle
- a person employed to clean and look after horses
- See bridegroom
- any of various officers of a royal or noble household
- archaic a male servant or attendant
- archaic, poetic a young man
- to make or keep (clothes, appearance, etc) clean and tidy
- to rub down, clean, and smarten (a horse, dog, etc)
- to train or prepare for a particular task, occupation, etcto groom someone for the Presidency
- to win the confidence of (a victim) in order to a commit sexual assault on him or her
Word Origin and History for grooming
c.1200, grome "male child, boy;" c.1300 as "youth, young man." No known cognates in other Germanic languages. Perhaps from Old English *groma, related to growan "grow;" or from Old French grommet "servant" (cf. Middle English gromet "ship's boy," early 13c.). Meaning "male servant who attends to horses" is from 1660s.
husband-to-be at a wedding, c.1600, short for bridegroom, in which the second element is Old English guma "man."
1809, from groom (n.1) in its secondary sense of "male servant who attends to horses." Transferred sense of "to tidy (oneself) up" is from 1843; figurative sense of "to prepare a candidate" is from 1887, originally in U.S. politics. Related: Groomed; grooming.