from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A person employed to take care of horses or a stable.
  • n. A bridegroom.
  • n. One of several officers in an English royal household.
  • n. Archaic A man.
  • n. Archaic A male servant.
  • transitive v. To care for the appearance of; to make neat and trim: groomed himself carefully in front of the mirror.
  • transitive v. To clean and brush (an animal).
  • transitive v. To remove dirt and parasites from the skin, fur, or feathers of (another animal).
  • transitive v. To prepare, as for a specific position or purpose: groom an employee for advancement.
  • transitive v. Sports To prepare (a trail) for skiers, as by packing down new snow or leveling moguls.
  • intransitive v. To care for one's appearance.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A man who is about to become or has recently become part of a married couple. Short form of bridegroom.
  • n. A person who cares for horses.
  • v. To attend to one's appearance and clothing.
  • v. To care for horses or other animals by brushing and cleaning them.
  • v. To prepare a ski slope for skiers
  • v. 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A boy or young man; a waiter; a servant; especially, a man or boy who has charge of horses, or the stable.
  • n. One of several officers of the English royal household, chiefly in the lord chamberlain's department
  • n. A man recently married, or about to be married; a bridegroom.
  • intransitive v. To tend or care for, or to curry or clean, as a, horse.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To tend or care for, as a horse; curry, feed, etc. (a horse): sometimes, in horse slang, used with reference to a person.
  • n. A boy; a youth; a young man.
  • n. A boy or man in service; a personal attendant; a page; a serving-man.
  • n. Specifically A boy or man who has the charge of horses; one who takes care of the horses or the stable.
  • n. One of several officers in the English royal household: as, groom of the stole; groom of the chamber.
  • n. See groom.
  • n. A man newly married, or about to be married; a bridegroom: the correlative of bride.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. educate for a future role or function
  • n. a man who has recently been married
  • n. someone employed in a stable to take care of the horses
  • v. care for one's external appearance
  • v. give a neat appearance to
  • n. a man participant in his own marriage ceremony


Middle English grom. N., sense 2, short for bridegroom.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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-. (Wiktionary)
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 *grōanan (“to grow”), though uncertain as *grōanan was used typically of plants; its secondary meaning being "to turn green". (Wiktionary)



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