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Groom (?), n. [Cf. Scot. grome, groyme, grume, gome, guym, man, lover, OD. grom boy, youth; perh. the r is an insertion as in E. bridegroom, and the word is the same as AS. guma man. See Bridegroom.]

1.

A boy or young man; a waiter; a servant; especially, a man or boy who has charge of horses, or the stable.

Spenser.

2.

One of several officers of the English royal household, chiefly in the lord chamberlain's department; as, the groom of the chamber; the groom of the stole.

3.

A man recently married, or about to be married; a bridegroom.

Dryden.

Groom porter, formerly an officer in the English royal household, who attended to the furnishing of the king's lodgings and had certain privileges.

 

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Groom, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Groomed (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Grooming.]

To tend or care for, or to curry or clean, as a, horse.

 

© Webster 1913.