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Alternative forms[edit]


Etymology 1[edit]

groove +‎ -y


groovy (comparative groovier, superlative grooviest)

  1. Of, pertaining to, or having grooves.
    The back of the tile was groovy so that it could hold the adhesive compound.
  2. (dated) Set in one's ways.
    • Rudyard Kipling
      She'd give anything to be able to believe it, but she's a hard woman, and brooding along certain lines makes one groovy.

Etymology 2[edit]

From the phrase in the groove, ultimately from the grooves of an early phonograph record.


groovy (comparative groovier, superlative grooviest)

  1. (dated, slang) Cool, neat, interesting, fashionable. [popular in the 1940s and again in the 1960s]
    "Wow, man! This psychedelic wallpaper is totally groovy!" said the hippie.
    "Have a groovy day, dudes." said the surfer in his latest movie.
    Marching around the hallways of school while making a racket, the drummer in the marching band said, "60s music is very groovy!"
    • 2012 May 24, Nathan Rabin, “Film: Reviews: Men In Black 3”, in The Onion AV Club[1]:
      Men In Black 3 lacks the novelty of the first film, and its take on the late ’60s feels an awful lot like a psychedelic dress-up party, all broad caricatures and groovy vibes.
Derived terms[edit]


groovy (plural groovies)

  1. (dated, slang) A trendy and fashionable person.


  • OED 2nd edition 1989