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
grov·eled or grov·elledgrov·el·ing or grov·el·ling
Examples of grovel
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
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