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[groom, groo m] /grum, grʊm/
a bridegroom.
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.
1175-1225; Middle English grom boy, groom; apparently akin to grow
Related forms
groomer, noun
groomish, adjective
groomishly, adverb
nongrooming, adjective
regroom, verb (used with object)
ungroomed, adjective
7. educate, train, coach, drill, tutor.
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Examples for groomed
  • To choose servants who are naturally well-groomed is more important than putting them in smart liveries.
  • There are acres of untracked powder for dare devils and beautifully groomed runs for the less adventurous.
  • But a sharp, well-groomed beard does not signal laziness or unprofessionalism.
  • And it's the way our culture has groomed and greeted us.
  • She is composed and well spoken, has sparkling blue eyes, and is immaculately groomed.
  • Her silver hair was well groomed, and she walked at a determined pace.
  • The highways were excellent-four lanes, groomed medians.
  • If you have facial hair try to keep it neatly groomed.
  • It's clean and groomed and obviously well-cared-for.
  • When our first tests came back on the lion, he was totally groomed with this big mane of perfect hair.
British Dictionary definitions for groomed


/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
verb (transitive)
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, etc to 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
groomer, noun
grooming, noun
Word Origin
C13 grom manservant; perhaps related to Old English grōwan to grow
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Word Origin and History for groomed



c.1200, grome "male child, boy;" c.1300 as "youth, young man." No known cognates in other Germanic languages. Perhaps from Old English *groma, related to growan "grow;" or from Old French grommet "servant" (cf. Middle English gromet "ship's boy," early 13c.). Meaning "male servant who attends to horses" is from 1660s.

husband-to-be at a wedding, c.1600, short for bridegroom, in which the second element is Old English guma "man."


1809, from groom (n.1) in its secondary sense of "male servant who attends to horses." Transferred sense of "to tidy (oneself) up" is from 1843; figurative sense of "to prepare a candidate" is from 1887, originally in U.S. politics. Related: Groomed; grooming.

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