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See synonyms for: groovegroovedgrooving on

  1. a long, narrow cut or indentation in a surface, as the cut in a board to receive the tongue of another board (tongue-and-groove joint ), a furrow, or a natural indentation on an organism.

  2. the track or channel of a phonograph record for the needle or stylus.

  1. a fixed routine: to get into a groove.

  2. Printing. the furrow at the bottom of a piece of type.

  3. Slang. an enjoyable time or experience.

verb (used with object),grooved, groov·ing.
  1. to cut a groove in; furrow.

  2. Slang.

    • to appreciate and enjoy.

    • to please immensely.

verb (used without object),grooved, groov·ing.
  1. Slang.

    • to take great pleasure; enjoy oneself: He was grooving on the music.

    • to get along or interact well.

  2. to fix in a groove.

Idioms about groove

  1. in the groove, Slang.

    • in perfect functioning order.

    • in the popular fashion; up-to-date: If you want to be in the groove this summer, you'll need a bikini.

Origin of groove

1350–1400; Middle English grofe, groof mining shaft; cognate with Middle Dutch groeve,Dutch groef,German Grube pit, ditch; akin to grave1

Other words for groove

Other words from groove

  • grooveless, adjective
  • groovelike, adjective
  • groover, noun
  • re·groove, verb (used with object), re·grooved, re·groov·ing.

Words Nearby groove Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use groove in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for groove


/ (ɡruːv) /

  1. a long narrow channel or furrow, esp one cut into wood by a tool

  2. the spiral channel, usually V-shaped, in a gramophone record: See also microgroove

  1. one of the spiral cuts in the bore of a gun

  2. anatomy any furrow or channel on a bodily structure or part; sulcus

  3. mountaineering a shallow fissure in a rock face or between two rock faces, forming an angle of more than 120°

  4. a settled existence, routine, etc, to which one is suited or accustomed, esp one from which it is difficult to escape

  5. slang an experience, event, etc, that is groovy

  6. in the groove

    • jazz playing well and apparently effortlessly, with a good beat, etc

    • US fashionable

  1. (tr) to form or cut a groove in

  2. (intr) old-fashioned, slang to enjoy oneself or feel in rapport with one's surroundings

  1. (intr) jazz to play well, with a good beat, etc

Origin of groove

C15: from obsolete Dutch groeve, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German gruoba pit, Old Norse grof

Derived forms of groove

  • grooveless, adjective
  • groovelike, adjective

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Other Idioms and Phrases with groove


see in the groove.

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