An example of to grovel is to beg and plead for someone's forgiveness.
Origin of grovel
- Back-formation from obsolete groveling prone, face downward from Middle English (on) grufe face downwards (from Old Norse ā grūfu) (from grūfa to grovel) -ling adv. suff. –ling2
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Old Norse á grufu (“on one's belly”) (> Old Norse grúfa (“to grovel”)).