Origin: before 1000;late Middle English (Scots) brydgrome, alteration of Middle Englishbridegome,Old Englishbrȳdguma (brȳdbride1 + guma man, cognate with Latinhomō), with final element conformed to groom
O.E. brydguma "suitor," from bryd "bride" (see bride) + guma "man" (cf. O.N. gumi, O.H.G. gomo, cognate with L. homo "man"). Ending altered 16c. by folk etymology after groom "groom, boy, lad" (q.v.). Common Germanic compound (cf. O.S. brudigumo,
O.N. bruðgumi, O.H.G. brutigomo, Ger. Bräutigam), except in Goth., which used bruþsfaþs, lit. "bride's lord."