Definitions for: Grovel

[v] show submission or fear

Webster (1913) Definition: Grov"el, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Groveledor Grovelled;
p. pr. & vb. n. Groveling or Grovelling.] [From OE.
grovelinge, grufelinge, adv., on the face, prone, which was
misunderstood as a p. pr.; cf. OE. gruf, groff, in the same
sense; of Scand. origin, cf. Icel. gr[=u]fa, in [=a] gr[=u]fu
on the face, prone, gr[=u]fa to grovel.]
1. To creep on the earth, or with the face to the ground; to
lie prone, or move uneasily with the body prostrate on the
earth; to lie fiat on one's belly, expressive of
abjectness; to crawl.

To creep and grovel on the ground. --Dryden.

2. To tend toward, or delight in, what is sensual or base; to
be low, abject, or mean.

Synonyms: cower, crawl, creep, cringe, fawn

See Also: bend, flex

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