groom[gro̵̅o̅m; also gro̵om]
- The definition of a groom is a man who is about to get married or a person whose job is to tend and feed horses.
- A guy who is about to get married to his girlfriend in a wedding ceremony is an example of a groom.
- A person who is responsible for feeding and cleaning a race horse is an example of a groom.
- To groom is defined as to clean yourself or an animal and to tend to the hygiene of yourself or an animal.
- When you brush your hair, this is an example of a situation where you groom yourself.
- When you give your dog a bath, this is an example of a situation where you groom your dog.
A groom dances with his bride.
- a person whose work is tending, feeding, and currying horses
- any of certain officials of the British royal household
- a manservant
- any man
Origin of groomMiddle English grom, boy, groom ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
- to clean and curry (a horse, dog, etc.)
- to clean, make neat and tidy, etc.
- to clean the fur, feathers, etc. of itself or another animal, often as a social activity
- ☆ to train for a particular purpose: to groom a man for politics
- A person employed to take care of horses or a stable.
- A man who is about to be married or has recently been married.
- One of several officers in an English royal household.
- Archaic a. A man.b. A male servant.
verbgroomed, groom·ing, grooms
- To care for the appearance of; to make neat and trim: groomed himself carefully in front of the mirror.
- To clean and brush (an animal).
- To remove dirt and parasites from the skin, fur, or feathers of (another animal).
- To prepare, as for a specific position or purpose: groom an employee for advancement.
- Sports To prepare (terrain) for participants in a sport, as by packing down new snow and leveling moguls for skiers.
Origin of groomMiddle English grom. N., sense 2, short for bridegroom.
- A man who is about to become or has recently become part of a married couple. Short form of bridegroom.
1604, short for bridegroom (“husband-to-be”), from Middle English brydgrome, bridegome (“bridegroom”), from Old English brȳdguma (“bridegroom”), from brȳd (“bride”) + guma (“man, hero”), from Proto-Germanic *gumô (“man, person”), from Proto-Indo-European *dhg'həmo-, *dhg'homo-, equivalent to bride + goom.
Second element reanalyzed as groom, "attendant."
(third-person singular simple present grooms, present participle grooming, simple past and past participle groomed)
- To attend to one's appearance and clothing.
- To care for horses or other animals by brushing and cleaning them.
- To prepare someone for election or appointment.
- To prepare a ski slope for skiers
- To attempt to gain the trust of a minor or adult with the intention of subjecting them to abusive or exploitative behaviour such as sexual abuse, human trafficking or sexual slavery.
From Middle English grom, grome (“man-child, boy, youth”), of uncertain origin. Apparently related to Middle Dutch grom (“boy”), Old Icelandic grómr, gromr (“man, manservant, boy”), Old French gromme (“manservant”), from the same Germanic root. Possibly from Old English *grōma, from Proto-Germanic *grōmô, related to *grōaną (“to grow”), though uncertain as *grōaną was used typically of plants; its secondary meaning being "to turn green".
Alternate etymology describes Middle English grom, grome as an alteration of gome (“man”) with an intrusive r (also found in bridegroom, hoarse, cartridge, etc.), with the Middle Dutch and Old Icelandic cognates following similar variation of their respective forms.