Synonyms of grovel

1 to draw back or crouch down in fearful submission
  • the way in which the abused dog would grovel whenever its owner came near

Synonyms for grovel

Words Related to grovel

2 to move slowly with the body close to the ground
  • because of their anatomy, bats can only grovel while moving along the ground

Synonyms for grovel

Words Related to grovel

See the Dictionary Definition 

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about grovel

Time Traveler for grovel

Time Traveler

The first known use of grovel was in 1552

See more words from the same year

Cite this Entry

“Grovel.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on grovel

Dictionary: Definition of grovel

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with grovel

Spanish Central: Translation of grovel

Nglish: Translation of grovel for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of grovel for Arabic Speakers

Comments on grovel

What made you want to look up grovel? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words for Summer: A Quiz

  • a closeup of a sunflower
  • Which of the following words means “of or relating to summer”?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!