Groom definition

gro͝om, gro͝om
A person employed to take care of horses or a stable.
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One of several officers in an English royal household.
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A man who is about to be married or has recently been married.
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To care for the appearance of; to make neat and trim.

Groomed himself carefully in front of the mirror.

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To prepare, as for a specific position or purpose.

Groom an employee for advancement.

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To clean and brush (an animal).
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To care for one's appearance.
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Any of certain officials of the British royal household.
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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.

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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.

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A man.
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A male servant.
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To remove dirt and parasites from the skin, fur, or feathers of (another animal).
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(sports) To prepare (terrain) for participants in a sport, as by packing down new snow and leveling moguls for skiers.
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A person whose work is tending, feeding, and currying horses.
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A manservant.
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Any man.
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To clean and curry (a horse, dog, etc.)
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To clean, make neat and tidy, etc.
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To clean the fur, feathers, etc. of itself or another animal, often as a social activity.
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To train for a particular purpose.

To groom a man for politics.

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A man who is about to become or has recently become part of a married couple. Short form of bridegroom.
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A person who cares for horses.
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One of several officers of the English royal household, chiefly in the lord chamberlain's department.

The groom of the chamber; the groom of the stole.

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To attend to one's appearance and clothing.
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To care for horses or other animals by brushing and cleaning them.
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To prepare someone for election or appointment.
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To prepare a ski slope for skiers.
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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.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
groom
Plural:
grooms

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".

    From Wiktionary

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary

  • Germanic cognates include Icelandic gumi and Norwegian gume. Cognate to human from Proto-Indo-European via Latin homo.

    From Wiktionary

  • Second element reanalyzed as groom, "attendant."

    From Wiktionary