verb (used without object), grov·eled, grov·el·ing or (especially British) grov·elled, grov·el·ling.
Origin of grovel
Synonyms for grovel
Examples from the Web for groveller
Historical Examples of groveller
A classic cannot reveal itself to a groveller or to a critic.The Lost Art of Reading
Gerald Stanley Lee
From the evils of this life the groveller in the mud sees no escape.Browning and Dogma
Ethel M. Naish
Your brute, your beast, your groveller in ditches, is not nearly so dangerous.Crowded Out! and Other Sketches
Susie F. Harrison
Oh shade of Wordsworth, to think that so unutterable a grub and groveller as I am should dare call anything of thine Stodgy!The Adventures of Elizabeth in Rgen
Elizabeth von Arnim
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.