verb (used with object), grooved, groov·ing.
- to appreciate and enjoy.
- to please immensely.
verb (used without object), grooved, groov·ing.
- to take great pleasure; enjoy oneself: He was grooving on the music.
- to get along or interact well.
- groote eylandt,
- groove of nail matrix,
- grooved fricative,
- grooving saw,
- in perfect functioning order.
- 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
- jazz playing well and apparently effortlessly, with a good beat, etc
- US fashionable
Word Origin for groove
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."
1680s, "make a groove," from groove (n.). Slang sense is from late 1930s. Related: Grooved; grooving.
in the groove
Performing very well, excellent; also, in fashion, up-to-date. For example, The band was slowly getting in the groove, or To be in the groove this year you'll have to get a fake fur coat. This idiom originally alluded to running accurately in a channel, or groove. It was taken up by jazz musicians in the 1920s and later began to be used more loosely. A variant, back in the groove, means “returning to one's old self,” as in He was very ill but now he's back in the groove. [Slang; mid-1800s]
see in the groove.