grovel

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Etymology[edit]

From Old Norse á grufu (on one's belly) ( > Old Norse grúfa (to grovel)).

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grovel (third-person singular simple present grovels, present participle grovelling or groveling, simple past and past participle grovelled or groveled)

  1. To be prone on the ground.
  2. To crawl
  3. To abase oneself before another person.
  4. To be nice to someone or apologize in the hope of securing something.
  5. To take pleasure in mundane activities.

Usage notes[edit]

  • The spellings grovelling and grovelled are more common in the UK. Groveling and groveled are more common in the US.

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