Grovel meaning

grŏvəl, grŭv-
To lie or creep in a prostrate position, as in subservience or humility.
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To lie prone or crawl in a prostrate position, esp. abjectly.
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To grovel is defined as to behave humbly or with humility, as if you are standing before authority.

An example of to grovel is to beg and plead for someone's forgiveness.

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To behave in a servile or obsequious manner.
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To give oneself over to base pleasures.
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To behave humbly or abjectly, as before authority; debase oneself in a servile fashion.
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To wallow in what is low or contemptible.
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To be prone on the ground.
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To abase oneself before another person.
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To be nice to someone or apologize in the hope of securing something.
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To take pleasure in mundane activities.
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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”)).

    From Wiktionary