verb (used without object), grov·eled, grov·el·ing or (especially British) grov·elled, grov·el·ling.
Origin of grovel
British Dictionary definitions for groveler
verb -els, -elling or -elled or US -els, -eling or -eled (intr)
Word Origin for grovel
Word Origin and History for groveler
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.