- 1Look after the coat of (a horse, dog, or other animal) by brushing and cleaning it: you must be prepared to spend time grooming your dogMore example sentences
- Angie began to groom the horse's coat the best she could through the blurry vision that took over her eyesight.
- Brush or groom your dog at least once a week and use this time to check his body for unusual bumps, lumps or sores.
- They were grooming a palomino, quiffing up his mane and tying it with a red ribbon.
- 1.1(Of an animal) clean the fur or skin of: their main preoccupation is licking and grooming themselvesMore example sentences
- A few paces away the cat sat grooming himself.
- But when we put the camera on the lion in Kenya, the lion actually groomed itself and cleaned the camera lens for us.
- They noted that the mutant mice groomed themselves excessively-to the extent of creating bald spots and skin wounds.
- 1.2Give a neat and tidy appearance to (someone): (as noun grooming) she pays great attention to makeup, grooming, and clothesMore example sentences
- Their hair was always the optimum length and beautifully groomed.
- With his neat Savile Row pinstripe suit and beautifully groomed hair, he looks more like an English aristocrat than one of the biggest players in the petrochemicals business.
- In the restaurant this morning, their neat, groomed creator chooses a well-organised breakfast of fruit followed by poached eggs.
- 1.3Look after (a lawn, ski slope, or other surface).More example sentences
- Infused with a sense of nostalgic charm, Chapman's caricatures evoke tearooms, groomed lawns, corrugated iron and lamingtons.
- Waiting hopefully outside on the well - groomed lawn, they were both rewarded by his careful emergence through the back screen door.
- Snowboarding is banned, but carefully groomed slopes and beginner and intermediate runs over 65 percent of the area offer easy skiing.
- 2Prepare or train (someone) for a particular purpose or activity: star pupils who are groomed for higher thingsMore example sentences
- They will need to be against an Abbeyside team being groomed for glory on the back of outstanding Under-21 and minor success.
- After being spotted at a karate competition in 1964, he was groomed for a spin-off from the series.
- Should the writer ease onto the page, as if he were groomed for it?
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- 1A person employed to take care of horses.More example sentences
- The Stakes will include $830 for the groom of the winning horse.
- Dante and I went back to the stables and the grooms put up our horses.
- Incidentally, owners tended to employ horsemen or grooms who were on the short side as that made their charges look so much bigger and farmers always liked to see a big stallion.
- 2A bridegroom.More example sentences
- The proud groom is a graduate of the University of Texas.
- The groom is a graduate of the University of Delaware.
- The groom is a graduate of Barry University; he is a police officer for the Fort Lauderdale Police Department.
Middle English (in the sense 'boy', later 'man, male servant'): of unknown origin.