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groom (1) Explained

groom (1) at English => English (English Etymology) Of Explained:

c.1225, grome "male child, boy, youth." No known cognates in other Gmc. languages. Perhaps from O.E. *groma, related to growan "grow;" or from O.Fr. grommet "servant" (cf. M.E. gromet "ship's boy," 1229). The fact is, it appeared 13c. and nobody knows from whence. Meaning "male servant who attends to horses" is from 1667. The verb is first attested 1809; the transferred sense of "to tidy (oneself) up" is from 1843; fig. sense of "to prepare a candidate" is from 1887, originally in U.S. politics. ///