verb (used without object), grov·eled, grov·el·ing or (especially British) grov·elled, grov·el·ling.
Origin of grovel
Synonyms for grovel
Related Words for grovellingfawn, beseech, kowtow, pamper, flatter, creep, humor, stoop, implore, blandish, kneel, wheedle, crouch, snivel, court, crawl, truckle, cower, beg, bootlick
Examples from the Web for grovelling
Historical Examples of grovelling
Compare that moment of exaltation with the grovelling life of your Christians!Lotus Buds
With a sense of grovelling meanness, Philip sat and listened.The Manxman
He ended; and clung clasping our knees and grovelling at them.The Aeneid of Virgil
Beggars display their stumps and their sores, grovelling on the ground like brutes.Appearances
Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinson
He will paint her as Circe, mocking at her grovelling herd of swine!Uncanny Tales
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.