Groomed himself carefully in front of the mirror.
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.
Groom an employee for advancement.
To groom a man for politics.
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.
Origin of groom
- Middle English grom N., sense 2, short for bridegroom
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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".
- 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.
- 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.
- Second element reanalyzed as groom, "attendant."