AskDefine | Define groom

Dictionary Definition



1 a man participant in his own marriage ceremony [syn: bridegroom]
2 someone employed in a stable to take care of the horses [syn: stableman, stableboy, hostler, ostler]
3 a man who has recently been married [syn: bridegroom]


1 prepare (someone) for a future role or function; "He is grooming his son to become his successor"; "The prince was prepared to become King one day"; "They trained him to be a warrior" [syn: prepare, train]
2 give a neat appearance to; "groom the dogs"; "dress the horses" [syn: dress, curry]
3 care for one's external appearance; "He is always well-groomed" [syn: neaten]

User Contributed Dictionary




Probably from guma, cognate with gomo, gumi.


  1. A man who is about to become or has recently become part of a married couple. Short form of bridegroom.
  2. A person who cares for horses.


man about to be married
person who cares for horses


  1. To attend to one's appearance and clothing.
  2. To care for horses or other animals by brushing and cleaning them.
  3. To prepare a ski slope for skiers

Related terms


To attend to one's appearance
To care for animals
To prepare a ski slope

Extensive Definition

Grooming redirects here.
Groom may refer to:
Offices and jobs:
Places in geography:
  • Groom Dry Lake, a geographic feature of the United States Military Area 51
  • Division of Groom, a Commonwealth Electoral Division in Queensland, Australia
  • Groom, Texas, a town in Carson County, Texas, United States, location of the second largest cross in the western hemisphere
A family's surname, with various notable bearers, such as:
The verb to Groom can refer to:
  • Personal grooming, or preening, in humans and animals, a hygienic activity (caring for physical appearance)
  • Horse grooming, the daily hygienic care provided for horses, or specific work done on the horse to enhance his physical appearance for a show
  • Social grooming, the activity by which animals and people who live in proximity can bond and reinforce social structures
  • Traffic grooming, a technical activity in telecommunications
  • Child grooming, befriending a child, often in the negative context of preparing it to accept inappropriate behavior from the other person
  • Snow grooming, the process of preparing snow for recreational uses, such as skiing
  • Animal self-grooming behavior

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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