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  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.
  3. a fixed routine:

    to get into a groove.

    Synonyms: pattern, habit, rut

  4. Printing. the furrow at the bottom of a piece of type.
  5. Slang. an enjoyable time or experience.

verb (used with object)

, grooved, groov·ing.
  1. to cut a groove in; furrow.
  2. Slang.
    1. to appreciate and enjoy.
    2. to please immensely.

verb (used without object)

, grooved, groov·ing.
  1. Slang.
    1. to take great pleasure; enjoy oneself:

      He was grooving on the music.

    2. to get along or interact well.
  2. to fix in a 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
  3. one of the spiral cuts in the bore of a gun
  4. anatomy any furrow or channel on a bodily structure or part; sulcus
  5. mountaineering a shallow fissure in a rock face or between two rock faces, forming an angle of more than 120°
  6. a settled existence, routine, etc, to which one is suited or accustomed, esp one from which it is difficult to escape
  7. slang.
    an experience, event, etc, that is groovy
  8. in the groove
    1. jazz playing well and apparently effortlessly, with a good beat, etc
    2. fashionable


  1. tr to form or cut a groove in
  2. old-fashioned.
    intr to enjoy oneself or feel in rapport with one's surroundings
  3. intr jazz to play well, with a good beat, etc

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Derived Forms

  • ˈgrooveless, adjective
  • ˈgrooveˌlike, adjective

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Other Words From

  • grooveless adjective
  • groovelike adjective
  • groover noun
  • re·groove verb (used with object) regrooved regrooving

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Word History and Origins

Origin of groove1

1350–1400; Middle English grofe, groof mining shaft; cognate with Middle Dutch groeve, Dutch groef, German Grube pit, ditch; akin to grave 1

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Word History and Origins

Origin of groove1

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

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Idioms and Phrases

  1. 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.

More idioms and phrases containing groove

see in the groove .

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Example Sentences

From the first line, this classic number by George Duke will capture you and your friend’s hearts with an inescapable groove.

Thick rubber soles with deep grooves are generally a good sign, and no, we’re not talking about your Doc Martens.

I hear how the rhythm moves and how the motion goes, and how it dances, and what the groove feels like and the touch of it, before anything else happens.

It’s a truly weird camera that takes some getting used to, but once you find the groove, it creates some beautiful images with excellent dimensionality thanks to the large sensor.

These grooves will hold the four panels used in a traditional frame-and-panel entry door.

You might work on the same groove for five hours nonstop, some three-bar thing over and over.

Tanaka then settled into a groove, pitching shut-out ball for the next five innings, fanning eight as the Yankees won 7-3.

But the fact of the matter is that somewhere along the way, Brooklyn Nine-Nine really did find its groove.

Very rarely I'll hit a groove and finish early—go for a long walk in the afternoon, or even blow myself to a movie.

Post-water break, Rubio managed to get into a groove and ease on in for a smooth-jazz finish.

The glittering steel glided through the groove, and the head of Madame Roland was severed from her body.

Unfortunately a slanting groove has been cut through the upper mouldings of it.

White lime putty is next filled into the groove, being pressed on with a jointing tool, leaving a white joint ⅛ to in.

I didn't know that you were a student of sociology—could estimate capabilities and get everyone in their right groove.

The groove was everywhere about twenty feet high, while its breadth varied from a yard or so to nearly a rod.


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