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[groo-vee] /ˈgru vi/
adjective, groovier, grooviest.
Slang. highly stimulating or attractive; excellent:
groovy music; a groovy car.
inclined to follow a fixed routine.
1850-55; groove + -y1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for groovy
  • In the seventies, it was a cheap and groovy little town, much smaller and less commercial than it is now.
  • Two heads have to direct the same groovy body towards saving the galaxy.
  • The exhibition takes visitors back to when space was a mystery, and space exploration was adventurous and groovy.
  • Prior owners had pets and it was still covering the coils causing a really groovy wet environment.
British Dictionary definitions for groovy


adjective groovier, grooviest
(slang, often jocular) attractive, fashionable, or exciting
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Word Origin and History for groovy

1853 in literal sense of "pertaining to a groove," from groove (n.) + -y (2). Slang sense of "first-rate, excellent" is 1937, American English, from jazz slang phrase in the groove (1932) "performing well (without grandstanding.)" As teen slang for "wonderful," it dates from c.1941; popularized 1960s, out of currency by 1980. Related: Grooviness.

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Slang definitions & phrases for groovy


  1. Playing and enjoying music well and with concentration; hep, in the groove (1930s+ Jive talk)
  2. Excellent; wonderful; far out: ''Hey, groovy,'' said Sally (1944+ Teenagers)
  3. Obsolete; out-of-date: a way of describing, with heavy sarcasm, maroon polyester suits: ''Groovy!'' (1980s+ Teenagers)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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