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 grovelling
Screaming, grovelling in abject fear, the miserable herd crept forth.The Luck of Gerard Ridgeley|Bertram Mitford
With a sense of grovelling meanness, Philip sat and listened.The Manxman|Hall Caine
"I—I—want you—to—to—love me," sobbed Chaldea, grovelling on the grass.Red Money|Fergus Hume
In another moment Gourlay was grovelling on his hands and knees, and triumphant Swipey, astride his back, was bellowing "Hurroo!"The House with the Green Shutters|George Douglas Brown
It is impossible for those who are engaged in low and grovelling pursuits to entertain noble and generous sentiments.Book of Wise Sayings|W. A. Clouston
British Dictionary definitions for grovelling
verb -els, -elling or -elled or US -els, -eling or -eled (intr)
Word Origin for grovel
Word Origin and History for grovelling
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.