To grovel is defined as to behave humbly or with humility, as if you are standing before authority.(verb)
An example of to grovel is to beg and plead for someone's forgiveness.
See grovel in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: back-form. (first found in Shakespeare) < grovelling, down on one's face (assumed to be prp.) < ME grufelinge < gruf, for o grufe, on the face (< ON ā grūfu) + -ling, -ling
See grovel in American Heritage Dictionary 4
intransitive verb grov·eled also grov·elled, grov·el·ing also grov·el·ling, grov·els also grov·els
Origin: Back-formation from obsolete groveling, prone, face downward
Origin: , from Middle English
Origin: : (on) grufe, face downwards (from Old Norse ā grūfu, from grūfa, to grovel)
Origin: + -ling, adv. suff.; see -ling2.
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