Simple Definition of grovel
: to kneel, lie, or crawl on the ground
: to treat someone with too much respect or fear in a way that shows weakness in order to be forgiven or to gain approval or favor
Full Definition of grovel
groveled or grovelledgroveling or grovelling
Examples of grovel in a sentence
The peasants groveled before the king.
He had to grovel to get her to accept his apology.
He made a groveling apology to his girlfriend.
Origin of grovel
back-formation from groveling prone, from groveling, adverb, from Middle English, from gruf, adverb, on the face (from Old Norse ā grūfu) + -ling
First Known Use: 1552
Rhymes with grovel
GROVEL Defined for Kids
Definition of grovel for Students
grov·eled or grov·elledgrov·el·ing or grov·el·ling
1 : to kneel, lie, or crawl on the ground (as in fear)
2 : to act toward someone in a weak or humble way <He groveled before the king.>
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