verb (used without object), grov·eled, grov·el·ing or (especially British) grov·elled, grov·el·ling.
Origin of grovel
Synonyms for grovel
Related Words for grovelfawn, beseech, kowtow, pamper, flatter, creep, humor, stoop, implore, blandish, kneel, wheedle, crouch, snivel, court, crawl, truckle, cower, beg, bootlick
Examples from the Web for grovel
Contemporary Examples of grovel
Would-be partners had to grovel for deals and were only accepted on onerous terms, they said.Is Google the Next AOL?
April 14, 2009
Historical Examples of grovel
Ali says she was like a wild beast, but he twisted her wrist and made her grovel in the dust.An Outcast of the Islands
The women shriek and swoon, grovel on the ground, and tear their hair.The Pearl of the Antilles, or An Artist in Cuba
But don't let him have her, don't let him be happy with her, while I grovel here in shame!In a Little Town
My clients came to me, singly and in pairs, to grovel and to implore.The Plum Tree
David Graham Phillips
Do you think that I have followed you here to grovel at your feet for mere whim?Tommy and Co.
Jerome K. Jerome
verb -els, -elling or -elled or US -els, -eling or -eled (intr)
Word Origin 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.