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[groom, groo m]
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noun
  1. a bridegroom.
  2. a man or boy in charge of horses or the stable.
  3. any of several officers of the English royal household.
  4. Archaic. a manservant.
verb (used with object)
  1. to tend carefully as to person and dress; make neat or tidy.
  2. to clean, brush, and otherwise tend (a horse, dog, etc.).
  3. to prepare for a position, election, etc.: The mayor is being groomed for the presidency.
  4. (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

1175–1225; Middle English grom boy, groom; apparently akin to grow
Related formsgroom·er, noungroom·ish, adjectivegroom·ish·ly, adverbnon·groom·ing, adjectivere·groom, verb (used with object)un·groomed, adjective

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7. educate, train, coach, drill, tutor.
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Examples from the Web for grooming

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  • 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

    Eleanor Atkinson

  • It had been explained to them that each one should attend the grooming of his or her own horse.

    Dorothy on a Ranch

    Evelyn Raymond

  • We went round to the stables, where we found Dio, who was grooming the horses.

    With Axe and Rifle

    W.H.G. Kingston


British Dictionary definitions for grooming

groom

noun
  1. a person employed to clean and look after horses
  2. See bridegroom
  3. any of various officers of a royal or noble household
  4. archaic a male servant or attendant
  5. archaic, poetic a young man
verb (tr)
  1. to make or keep (clothes, appearance, etc) clean and tidy
  2. to rub down, clean, and smarten (a horse, dog, etc)
  3. to train or prepare for a particular task, occupation, etcto groom someone for the Presidency
  4. to win the confidence of (a victim) in order to a commit sexual assault on him or her
Derived Formsgroomer, noungrooming, noun

Word Origin

C13 grom manservant; perhaps related to Old English grōwan to grow
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Word Origin and History for grooming

groom

n.1

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.

groom

n.2

husband-to-be at a wedding, c.1600, short for bridegroom, in which the second element is Old English guma "man."

groom

v.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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