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groom

[groom, groo m] /grum, grʊm/
noun
1.
a bridegroom.
2.
a man or boy in charge of horses or the stable.
3.
any of several officers of the English royal household.
4.
Archaic. a manservant.
verb (used with object)
5.
to tend carefully as to person and dress; make neat or tidy.
6.
to clean, brush, and otherwise tend (a horse, dog, etc.).
7.
to prepare for a position, election, etc.:
The mayor is being groomed for the presidency.
8.
(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.
Origin
1175-1225
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
Synonyms
7. educate, train, coach, drill, tutor.
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British Dictionary definitions for groomer

groom

/ɡruːm; ɡrʊm/
noun
1.
a person employed to clean and look after horses
2.
3.
any of various officers of a royal or noble household
4.
(archaic) a male servant or attendant
5.
(archaic, poetic) a young man
verb (transitive)
6.
to make or keep (clothes, appearance, etc) clean and tidy
7.
to rub down, clean, and smarten (a horse, dog, etc)
8.
to train or prepare for a particular task, occupation, etc to groom someone for the Presidency
9.
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 groomer
groom
early 13c., grome "male child, boy, youth." No known cognates in other Germanic languages. Perhaps from O.E. *groma, related to growan "grow;" or from O.Fr. grommet "servant" (cf. M.E. gromet "ship's boy," early 13c.). The fact is, it appeared 13c. and nobody knows from whence. Meaning "male servant who attends to horses" is from 1660s. The verb is first attested 1809; the 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.
groom
husband-to-be at a wedding, 1604, short for bridegroom (q.v.), from O.E. guma "man."
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