Definition of grooming in US English:



  • 1The practice of brushing and cleaning the coat of a horse, dog, or other animal.

    ‘regular grooming is essential to the well-being of your dog’
    1. 1.1 The practice by an animal of cleaning its own or another animal's fur or skin.
      ‘mutual grooming expresses the friendly relationship between cats’
    2. 1.2 The practice of keeping a neat and tidy appearance.
      ‘she pays great attention to grooming and clothes’
  • 2The action by a pedophile of preparing a child for a meeting, especially via an Internet chat room, with the intention of committing a sexual offense.

    ‘online grooming has become a growing cause for concern’