To be prone on the ground.
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”)).
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