Definition of groom in English:


Syllabification: groom
Pronunciation: /gro͞om, gro͝om


[with object]
  • 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 dog
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    • 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.
    curry, brush, comb, clean, rub down
  • 1.1(Of an animal) clean the fur or skin of: their main preoccupation is licking and grooming themselves
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    • 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 clothes
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    • 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.
    brush, comb, arrange, do; tidy, spruce up, smarten up, preen, primp
    informal fix
  • 1.3Look after (a lawn, ski slope, or other surface).
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    • 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 things
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    • 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?
    prepare, prime, ready, condition, tailor; coach, train, instruct, drill, teach, school
  • 2.1(Of a pedophile) prepare (a child) for a meeting, especially via an Internet chat room, with the intention of committing a sexual offense.


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  • 1A person employed to take care of horses.
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    • 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.
    stable hand, stableman, stable boy, stable girl
    historical equerry
  • 3British Any of various officials of the royal household.


Middle English (in the sense 'boy', later 'man, male servant'): of unknown origin.

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