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groom (ɡruːm Pronunciation for groom ; ɡrʊm Pronunciation for groom



  1. a person employed to clean and look after horses
  2. See bridegroom
  3. any of various officers of a royal or noble household
  4. (archaic) a male servant or attendant
  5. (archaic, poetic) a young man

verb (transitive)

  1. to make or keep (clothes, appearance, etc) clean and tidy
  2. to rub down, clean, and smarten (a horse, dog, etc)
  3. to train or prepare for a particular task, occupation, etc   ⇒ to groom someone for the Presidency
  4. to win the confidence of (a victim) in order to a commit sexual assault on him or her

Derived Forms

ˈgroomer noun
ˈgrooming noun

Word Origin

C13 grom manservant; perhaps related to Old English grōwan to grow


View thesaurus entry
= stableman, currier, stableboy, hostler or ostler
= newly-wed, husband, bridegroom, marriage partner
= brush, clean, tend, rub down, curry
= smarten up, dress, clean, turn out, get up, tidy, preen, spruce up, primp, gussy up

Translations for 'groom'

  • British English: groomPronunciation for groom A groom is a man who is getting married....the bride and groom.ɡruːm; ɡrʊm NOUN
  • Arabic: عَريسPronunciation for عَريس
  • Brazilian Portuguese: noivoPronunciation for noivo
  • Chinese: 新郎Pronunciation for 新郎
  • Croatian: mladoženjaPronunciation for mladoženja
  • Czech: ženichPronunciation for ženich
  • Danish: børstePronunciation for børste
  • Dutch: bruidegomPronunciation for bruidegom
  • European Spanish: novioPronunciation for novio
  • Finnish: hevostenhoitajaPronunciation for hevostenhoitaja
  • French: mariéPronunciation for marié
  • German: StallburschePronunciation for Stallbursche
  • Greek: ιπποκόμοςPronunciation for ιπποκόμος
  • Italian: sposoPronunciation for sposo
  • Japanese: 馬の飼育係Pronunciation for 馬の飼育係
  • Korean: 말 사육 담당자Pronunciation for 말 사육 담당자
  • Norwegian: hestepasserPronunciation for hestepasser
  • Polish: stajennyPronunciation for stajenny
  • Portuguese: noivoPronunciation for noivo
  • Romanian: mire miri
  • Russian: молодоженPronunciation for молодожен
  • Spanish: novioPronunciation for novio
  • Swedish: brudgumPronunciation for brudgum
  • Thai: เจ้าบ่าวPronunciation for เจ้าบ่าว
  • Turkish: damatPronunciation for damat
  • Ukrainian: наречений
  • Vietnamese: chú rểPronunciation for chú rể
  • British English: groom If you groom an animal, you clean its fur, usually by brushing it. VERBThe horses were exercised and groomed with special care.
  • Brazilian Portuguese: tratar
  • Chinese: 梳毛刷洗给 动物
  • European Spanish: cepillar
  • French: panser
  • German: striegeln
  • Italian: strigliare
  • Japanese: 手入れする
  • Korean: 손질하다
  • Portuguese: tratar
  • Spanish: cepillar

Example Sentences Including 'groom'

Charles himself narrowly escaped death when a solid shot decapitated the groom holding his horse.
Arthur Herman THE SCOTTISH ENLIGHTENMENT: The Scots' Invention of the Modern World (2002)
Fred riding a pony, with a groom leading the tiny child against the backdrop of an enormous house.
Sara MacDonald SEA MUSIC (2003)
Hablet suspected it had more to do with the idea of Adrina finally getting married than any affection for the Karien groom.
Jennifer Fallon TREASON KEEP (2001)
Paedophiles attempting to " groom " children in internet chatrooms can now be detected by a computer program.
New Scientist (2004)
The lead car takes the bride and her father to the ceremony, and the bride and groom from the ceremony to the reception.
Glasgow Herald (2001)
The traditional Irish threesome (bride, groom , mother-in-law).
Irish Times (2002)
Then, when Steve left a $20 tip on the table, the groom slipped the money into his pocket.
Toronto Sun (2003)
Yet he is not allowed to help him exercise or groom the horses.
Robin Hobb THE GOLDEN FOOL: Book Two of the Tawny Man (2002)


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