verb (used without object), grov·eled, grov·el·ing or (especially British) grov·elled, grov·el·ling.
Origin of grovel
Examples from the Web for grovel
Would-be partners had to grovel for deals and were only accepted on onerous terms, they said.
Oh, Im quite willing to grovel in the dust at her feet, said Migwan.The Camp Fire Girls at Onoway House|Hildegard G. Frey
Its subtle flavors escape them while they grovel in primal mud.Autobiography of a YOGI|Paramhansa Yogananda
Will ye again enthrone ecclesiastical despotism, and grovel before image of Virgin and Saint?Carmen Ariza|Charles Francis Stocking
British Dictionary definitions for grovel
verb -els, -elling or -elled or US -els, -eling or -eled (intr)
Word Origin for grovel
Word Origin and History for grovel
1590s, Shakespearian back-formation of groveling (Middle English), regarded as a present participle but really an adverb, from Old Norse grufe "prone" + obsolete adverbial suffix -ling (which survives also as the -long in headlong, sidelong); first element from Old Norse a grufu "on proneness." Perhaps related to creep. Related: Groveled; grovelled; groveling; grovelling.