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  1. simple past tense and past participle of groove.
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  1. provided with a groove.
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Origin of grooved

First recorded in 1785–95; groove + -ed2
Related formsun·grooved, adjective


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

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Historical Examples of grooved

  • Then they put a handle on the grooved stone and fastened it with rawhide.

    Myths and Legends of the Great Plains


  • This was grooved in such a way as to make it seem like two separate teeth.

  • It looked hollow, grooved back for a distance from the point.

    Cat and Mouse

    Ralph Williams

  • These boards are grooved on both sides and placed on the stairs.

  • We have found pieces of grooved sandstone that the later Cave-men used.

    The Later Cave-Men

    Katharine Elizabeth Dopp

British Dictionary definitions for grooved


  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 recordSee 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. jazzplaying well and apparently effortlessly, with a good beat, etc
    2. USfashionable
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  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
  3. (intr) jazz to play well, with a good beat, etc
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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 grooved



c.1400, "cave, mine, pit" (late 13c. in place names), from a Scandinavian source, cf. Old Norse grod "pit," or from Middle Dutch groeve "furrow, ditch," both from Proto-Germanic *grobo (cf. Old Norse grof "brook, river bed," Old High German gruoba "ditch," Gothic groba "pit, cave," Old English græf "ditch"), related to grave (n.). Sense of "long, narrow channel or furrow" is 1650s. Meaning "spiral cut in a phonograph record" is from 1902. Figurative sense of "routine" is from 1842, often deprecatory at first, "a rut."

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1680s, "make a groove," from groove (n.). Slang sense is from late 1930s. Related: Grooved; grooving.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

grooved in Medicine


  1. A rut, groove, or narrow depression or channel in a surface.
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Idioms and Phrases with grooved


see in the groove.

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