Definition of grovel in English:
verb (grovels, groveling, groveled ; British grovels, grovelling, grovelled)[no object]
- This requires flexibility and upper-body strength, neither of which I had, and it was generally humiliating, especially when we had to grovel on the ground doing ‘power moves’.
- He gasped as he saw her, and fell to the ground, groveling at her feet, pleading with her.
- There was no strength left for crawling or grovelling, let alone swimming.
- Other ordinaries say they will respond only on the basis of individual need; thus, if such a resigned priest languishes in abject poverty or grovels fittingly, he may receive some reluctant beneficence.
- In a sickening display of abject groveling he declared: ‘My behavior on this occasion was unacceptable and irresponsible.’
- Each year at harvest, the prince hosts a feast for the noblemen of the countryside, while the peasants who farm his land grovel in abject poverty.
- Example sentences
- But while most of the defendants there were grovellers and bootlickers, he was not.
- He is beginning to look like a recidivist groveler who should not be allowed any nearer the Oval Office than the public tour.
- Since then he has become a serial apologizer and accomplished groveler.
Middle English: back-formation from the obsolete adverb grovelling, from obsolete groof, grufe 'the face or front' (in the phrase on grufe, from Old Norse á grúfu 'face downward') + the suffix -ling.
Words that rhyme with grovelhovel, novel
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