verb (used with object), grooved, groov·ing.

to cut a groove in; furrow.
  1. to appreciate and enjoy.
  2. to please immensely.

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

  1. to take great pleasure; enjoy oneself: He was grooving on the music.
  2. to get along or interact well.
to fix in a groove.

Nearby words

  1. grooming,
  2. groomsman,
  3. groot,
  4. groote,
  5. groote eylandt,
  6. groove of nail matrix,
  7. grooved,
  8. grooved fricative,
  9. grooving saw,
  10. groovy


    in the groove, Slang.
    1. in perfect functioning order.
    2. 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

Related formsgroove·less, adjectivegroove·like, adjectivegroov·er, nounre·groove, verb (used with object), re·grooved, re·groov·ing. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for groove

British Dictionary definitions for groove



a long narrow channel or furrow, esp one cut into wood by a tool
the spiral channel, usually V-shaped, in a gramophone recordSee also microgroove
one of the spiral cuts in the bore of a gun
anatomy any furrow or channel on a bodily structure or part; sulcus
mountaineering a shallow fissure in a rock face or between two rock faces, forming an angle of more than 120°
a settled existence, routine, etc, to which one is suited or accustomed, esp one from which it is difficult to escape
slang an experience, event, etc, that is groovy
in the groove
  1. jazzplaying well and apparently effortlessly, with a good beat, etc
  2. USfashionable


(tr) to form or cut a groove in
(intr) old-fashioned, slang to enjoy oneself or feel in rapport with one's surroundings
(intr) jazz to play well, with a good beat, etc
Derived Formsgrooveless, adjectivegroovelike, adjective

Word Origin for groove

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

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Word Origin and History for groove
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Medicine definitions for groove




A rut, groove, or narrow depression or channel in a surface.

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Idioms and Phrases with groove


see in the groove.

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