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[groo-vee] /ˈgru vi/
adjective, groovier, grooviest.
Slang. highly stimulating or attractive; excellent:
groovy music; a groovy car.
inclined to follow a fixed routine.
Origin of groovy
First recorded in 1850-55; groove + -y1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • And it is a groove; perhaps there was never anything so groovy.

    All Things Considered G. K. Chesterton
  • But Mrs. Otway was much more original and more impulsive, thus far less “groovy,” than the people among whom her lot was cast.

    Good Old Anna Marie Belloc Lowndes
British Dictionary definitions for groovy


adjective groovier, grooviest
(slang, often jocular) attractive, fashionable, or exciting
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for groovy

1853 in literal sense of "pertaining to a groove," from groove (n.) + -y (2). Slang sense of "first-rate, excellent" is 1937, American English, from jazz slang phrase in the groove (1932) "performing well (without grandstanding.)" As teen slang for "wonderful," it dates from c.1941; popularized 1960s, out of currency by 1980. Related: Grooviness.

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Slang definitions & phrases for groovy



  1. Playing and enjoying music well and with concentration; hep, in the groove (1930s+ Jive talk)
  2. Excellent; wonderful; far out: ''Hey, groovy,'' said Sally (1944+ Teenagers)
  3. Obsolete; out-of-date: a way of describing, with heavy sarcasm, maroon polyester suits: ''Groovy!'' (1980s+ Teenagers)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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