Definition of grovel
- groveled at the feet of the king
- would not grovel for political advantage
- groveling in self-pity
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.
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First Known Use: 1552See Words from the same year
: 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
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