AskDefine | Define grooming

Dictionary Definition



1 activity leading to skilled behavior [syn: training, preparation]
2 the activity of getting dressed; putting on clothes [syn: dressing]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. present participle of groom


  1. Care for one's personal appearance, hygiene, and clothing.
  2. The act of teaching someone, often for advancement at work.
  3. Caring for horses or other animals by brushing and cleaning them.
  4. The act of attempting to gain the trust of a minor with the intention of having a sexual relationship with him or her.


  • (care for one's appearance):
  • (act of teaching): coaching, mentoring
  • (caring for horses): currying
  • (attempting to gain the trust of a minor):


care for one's appearance
act of teaching
caring for horses
attempting to gain the trust of a minor

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

apprenticeship, basic training, breaking, breeding, conditioning, cultivation, development, discipline, drill, drilling, exercise, fetching-up, fostering, housebreaking, improvement, in-service training, manual training, military training, nurture, nurturing, on-the-job training, practice, preparation, raising, readying, rearing, rehearsal, sloyd, training, upbringing, vocational education, vocational training
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