From Middle English grov, grove, groof, grofe (“cave; pit; mining shaft”), from Old English grōf (“trench, furrow, something dug”), from Proto-West Germanic *grōbu, from Proto-Germanic *grōbō (“groove, furrow”), from Proto-Indo-European *gʰrebʰ- (“to dig, scrape, bury”). Cognate with Dutch groef, groeve (“groove; pit, grave”), German Grube (“ditch, pit”), Norwegian grov (“brook, riverbed”), Serbo-Croatian grèbati (“scratch, dig”). Directly descended from Old English grafan (“to dig”). More at grave.
groove (plural grooves)
- A long, narrow channel or depression; e.g., such a slot cut into a hard material to provide a location for an engineering component, a tyre groove, or a geological channel or depression.
- Antonym: ridge
- A fixed routine.
- 1859 December 13, Charles Dickens, “The Mortals in the House”, in Charles Dickens, editor, The Haunted House. The Extra Christmas Number of All the Year Round […], volume II, London: […] C. Whiting, […], →OCLC, page 4:
- Through these distresses, the Odd Girl was cheerful and exemplary. But within four hours after dark we had got into a supernatural groove, and the Odd Girl had seen “Eyes,” and was in hysterics.
- 1873, John Morley, Rousseau:
- The gregarious trifling of life in the social groove.
- 2011 October 23, Becky Ashton, “QPR 1 - 0 Chelsea”, in BBC Sport:
- His counterpart Neil Warnock got his tactics spot on as Chelsea struggled to get into any sort of groove in the first half.
- The middle of the strike zone in baseball where a pitch is most easily hit.
- (music) A pronounced, enjoyable rhythm.
- 1979, “Rapper's Delight”, performed by The Sugarhill Gang:
- Now, what you hear is not a test, I'm rapping to the beat / And me, the groove, and my friends are gonna try to move your feet
- 1985, Stephen Bray, Madonna (lyrics and music), “Into the Groove”, in Like a Virgin, performed by Madonna:
- Get into the groove / Boy, you've got to prove / Your love to me / Get up on your feet / Yeah, step to the beat
- (dated, informal) A good feeling (often as in the groove).
- 2010, Jan Reid, Shawn Sahm, Texas Tornado: The Times and Music of Doug Sahm, page 57:
- How could he be expected to make music that put the audience in a groove, he reasoned, if he wasn't grooving himself?
- (mining) A shaft or excavation.
- (motor racing) A racing line, a path across the racing circuit's surface that a racecar will usually track on. (Note: There may be multiple grooves on any particular circuit or segment of circuit)
- The translations below need to be checked and inserted above into the appropriate translation tables. See instructions at Wiktionary:Entry layout § Translations.
- (transitive) To cut a groove or channel in; to form into channels or grooves; to furrow.
- (intransitive) To perform, dance to, or enjoy rhythmic music.
- I was just starting to groove to the band when we had to leave.
groove m (plural grooves)
- groove (fixed routine)
groove m (plural grooves)
- groove (music style)