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 groveling
Whatever happened to the groveling apology and the second chance . . . the kind of forgiving spirit that made America great?North Dakota Television Station Fires Brand-New Anchor Over Accidental On-Air Profanity|Megan McArdle|April 22, 2013|DAILY BEAST
A mortified Phillips, from Belfast, wrote a groveling apology in response.Royal Cover-Up as Prince of Wales Shoots Owl (In 1896)|Tom Sykes|February 27, 2013|DAILY BEAST
A consummate Wall Street creature, the pathetic, groveling Paulson knew what would happen without a bailout.
The sort of groveling one imagines taking place is repulsive to consider.
Of the videos that would no doubt come out, of me weeping, reduced to a groveling animal.Little Brother|Cory Doctorow
Business and professional men had long been groveling in sycophantic servility at the feet of "the clique."The Centralia Conspiracy|Ralph Chaplin
He is a pitiful, truculent, groveling coward, ready to buy profit at any price.A Son of Hagar|Sir Hall Caine
Out there, in the thick shadows beyond the fire, a body was groveling and kicking in death agonies.The Wolf Hunters|James Oliver Curwood
Dust we are and to dust return, groveling meanwhile as best we may, amid the wreck of our illusions.Paradise Garden|George Gibbs
British Dictionary definitions for groveling
verb -els, -elling or -elled or US -els, -eling or -eled (intr)
Word Origin for grovel
Word Origin and History for groveling
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.