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grovel

[ gruhv-uhl, grov- ]
/ 藞gr蕦v 蓹l, 藞gr蓲v- /
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verb (used without object), grov路eled, grov路el路ing or (especially British) grov路elled, grov路el路ling.
to humble oneself or act in an abject manner, as in great fear or utter servility.
to lie or crawl with the face downward and the body prostrate, especially in abject humility, fear, etc.
to take pleasure in mean or base things.
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Origin of grovel

1585鈥95; back formation from obsolete groveling (adv.), equivalent to obsolete grufe face down (<Old Norse 膩 gr奴fu face down) + -ling2, taken to be present participle

OTHER WORDS FROM grovel

grov路el路er; especially British, grov路el路ler, noungrov路el路ing路ly; especially British, grov路el路ling路ly, adverbun路grov路el路ing, adjectiveun路grov路el路ling, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH grovel

gavel, gravel, grovel
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British Dictionary definitions for grovel

grovel
/ (藞伞r蓲vl) /

verb -els, -elling or -elled or US -els, -eling or -eled (intr)
to humble or abase oneself, as in making apologies or showing respect
to lie or crawl face downwards, as in fear or humility
(often foll by in) to indulge or take pleasure (in sensuality or vice)

Derived forms of grovel

groveller, noungrovelling, noun, adjectivegrovellingly, adverb

Word Origin for grovel

C16: back formation from obsolete groveling (adv), from Middle English on grufe on the face, of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse 膩 gr奴fu, from gr奴fa prone position; see -ling
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