- (UK) Present participle of grovel.
- The act of one who grovels.
Variant of grovel
intransitive verbgroveled or grovelled, groveling or grovelling
- to lie prone or crawl in a prostrate position, esp. abjectly
- to behave humbly or abjectly, as before authority; debase oneself in a servile fashion
- to wallow in what is low or contemptible
Origin of grovelback-formation (first found in Shakespeare) ; from grovelling, down on one's face (assumed to be present participle ) ; from Middle English grufelinge ; from gruf, for o grufe, on the face (; from Old Norse ā grūfu) + -ling, -ling