groovy

[ groo-vee ]
/ ˈgru vi /

adjective, groov·i·er, groov·i·est.

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
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British Dictionary definitions for groovy

groovy

/ (ˈɡruːvɪ) /

adjective groovier or grooviest

slang, often jocular attractive, fashionable, or exciting
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Word Origin and History for groovy

groovy


adj.

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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