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adjective, groov·i·er, groov·i·est.
  1. Slang. highly stimulating or attractive; excellent: groovy music; a groovy car.
  2. inclined to follow a fixed routine.
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Origin of groovy

First recorded in 1850–55; groove + -y1
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  • And it is a groove; perhaps there was never anything so groovy.

    All Things Considered

    G. K. Chesterton

  • But Mrs. Otway was much more original and more impulsive, thus far less “groovy,” than the people among whom her lot was cast.

    Good Old Anna

    Marie Belloc Lowndes

British Dictionary definitions for groovy


adjective groovier or grooviest
  1. slang, often jocular attractive, fashionable, or exciting
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Word Origin and History for groovy


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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