groovy (adj.) | \ˈgrü-vē\

  1. Very pleasant or very enjoyable; marvelous; wonderful; excellent; - expressing strong approval, usually of enjoyable experiences.
  2. Very chic; as, groovy clothes.
  3. Groovy is where the far out goes, man!
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The emergence of “groovy” in the 1960s was actually a sort of reincarnation of the word, which had first appeared in the jazz subculture of the 1920s and was originally spelled “groovey” (“‘Groovey,’ name applied to state of mind which is conducive to good playing,” American Speech, 1937). “Groovey” itself was based on the phrase “in the groove,” used by jazz musicians to describe playing that was smooth and effortlessly excellent.

USA - 1920: Jazz Slang

Popularity 1960 - 2007

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New Zealand

Trinidad & Tobago



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United Kingdom


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  • Recorded use of the word in its slang context has been found dating back to September 30, 1941
  • Austin Powers says the word groovy a total of 10 times
  • "Groovy" is Duke Nukem's catchphrase
  • Marvel Comics produced a Silver Age comic book entitled Groovy, subtitled "Cartoons, gags, jokes."
  • Groovy is a powerful, optionally typed and dynamic programming language, with static-typing and static compilation capabilities, for the Java platform
  • Source: Wikipedia

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