[ groom, groom ]
/ grum, grʊm /
a man or boy in charge of horses or the stable.
any of several officers of the English royal household.
Archaic. a manservant.
verb (used with object)
to tend carefully as to person and dress; make neat or tidy.
to clean, brush, and otherwise tend (a horse, dog, etc.).
to prepare for a position, election, etc.: The mayor is being groomed for the presidency.
(of an animal) to tend (itself or another) by removing dirt, parasites, or specks of other matter from the fur, skin, feathers, etc.: often performed as a social act.
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Origin of groom
1175–1225; Middle English grom boy, groom; apparently akin to grow
OTHER WORDS FROM groom
groom·er, noungroom·ish, adjectivegroom·ish·ly, adverbnon·groom·ing, adjective
re·groom, verb (used with object)un·groomed, adjective
Words nearby groom
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British Dictionary definitions for regrooming
/ (ɡruːm, ɡrʊm) /
a person employed to clean and look after horses
any of various officers of a royal or noble household
archaic a male servant or attendant
archaic, poetic a young man
to make or keep (clothes, appearance, etc) clean and tidy
to rub down, clean, and smarten (a horse, dog, etc)
to train or prepare for a particular task, occupation, etcto groom someone for the Presidency
to win the confidence of (a victim) in order to a commit sexual assault on him or her
Derived forms of groomgroomer, noungrooming, noun
Word Origin for groom
C13 grom manservant; perhaps related to Old English grōwan to grow
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