verb (used without object), grov·eled, grov·el·ing or (especially British) grov·elled, grov·el·ling.
- grove city,
- grove, robert moses,
- grove, sir george,
- grow bag
Origin of grovel
Examples from the Web for grovelled
And it was not from any interested motive that they grovelled, but simply because he had been favoured by the gifts of nature.White Nights and Other Stories|Fyodor Dostoevsky
Davis grovelled upon the floor, seeking to clasp the lad's knees.
Hundreds flung down their arms and grovelled in the dust, as this victorious little army galloped on.Under the Rebel's Reign|Charles Neufeld
A second and a third time this was repeated; but after the last fall Davis grovelled and moaned like a whipped child.
I grovelled at your feet and begged you—you spurned me as I do you now.Sir Henry Morgan, Buccaneer|Cyrus Townsend Brady
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.