grovel

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verb grov·el \ˈgrä-vəl, ˈgrə-\

Definition of grovel

groveled

or

grovelled

;

groveling

or

grovelling

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to creep with the face to the ground :  crawl

  3. 2a :  to lie or creep with the body prostrate in token of subservience or abasement <groveled at the feet of the king>b :  to abase oneself <would not grovel for political advantage>

  4. 3 :  to give oneself over to what is base or unworthy :  wallow <groveling in self-pity>

groveler

play \ˈgrä-vəl-ər, ˈgrə-\ noun

grovelingly

play \ˈgrä-vəl-iŋ-lē, ˈgrə-\ adverb

Examples of grovel in a sentence

  1. The peasants groveled before the king.

  2. He had to grovel to get her to accept his apology.

  3. He made a groveling apology to his girlfriend.

Origin and Etymology 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


GROVEL Defined for English Language Learners

grovel

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verb grov·el \ˈgrä-vəl, ˈgrə-\

Definition of grovel for English Language Learners

  • : 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


GROVEL Defined for Kids

grovel

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verb grov·el \ˈgrä-vəl, ˈgrə-\

Definition of grovel for Students

groveled

or

grovelled

groveling

or

grovelling

  1. 1 :  to kneel, lie, or crawl on the ground (as in fear)

  2. 2 :  to act toward someone in a weak or humble way <He groveled before the king.>



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