Share this entry

Share this page

grovel

Pronunciation: /ˈgrɑːvəl; ˈgrɒvəl/

Translation of grovel in Spanish:

intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo ( (British English/inglés británico) -ll-)

  • humillarse, postrarse, prosternarse to grovel for mercy implorar piedad to grovel before sb o at sb's feet prosternarse ante algn or a los pies de algn you'll have to grovel before he'll give you a pay increase tendrás que arrastrarte a sus pies para que te dé un aumento
    Example sentences
    • 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.

noun/nombre

  • [colloquial/familiar] he's in the boss's office having a good grovel está en la oficina del jefe, pidiendo perdón de rodillas [colloquial/familiar] I'm very sorry, grovel, grovel [humorous/humorístico] mil perdones, su señoría [humorous/humorístico]

Definition of grovel in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day papista
adj
papist …
Cultural fact of the day

A piñata is a hollow figure made of cardboard, or from a clay pot lined with colored paper. Filled with fruit, candy, toys, etc, and hung up at parties, people take turns to stand in front of them blindfolded and try to break them with a stick. They feature in Mexican posadas posada and in children's parties there, in Cuba and in Spain.