Groveling
Grovel Grov"el, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Groveled}or {Grovelled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Groveling} or {Grovelling}.] [From OE. grovelinge, grufelinge, adv., on the face, prone, which was misunderstood as a p. pr.; cf. OE. gruf, groff, in the same sense; of Scand. origin, cf. Icel. gr[=u]fa, in [=a] gr[=u]fu on the face, prone, gr[=u]fa to grovel.] 1. To creep on the earth, or with the face to the ground; to lie prone, or move uneasily with the body prostrate on the earth; to lie flat on one's belly, expressive of abjectness; to crawl. [1913 Webster]

To creep and grovel on the ground. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

2. To tend toward, or delight in, what is sensual or base; to be low, abject, or mean. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • groveling — grov el*ing, grovelling grov el*ling, a. Lying prone; low; debased; submissive in a self abasing manner. A groveling creature. Cowper. Syn: cringing, wormlike, wormy. [1913 Webster + WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • groveling — index obsequious, servile Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • groveling — Synonyms and related words: abject, accumbent, apple polishing, ass kissing, backscratching, beggarly, bootlicking, brown nosing, couchant, couche, cowering, crawling, cringing, crouching, decumbent, draped, fawnery, fawning, flat, flattering,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • groveling — (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. servile, cringing, fawning; see docile , humble 1 …   English dictionary for students

  • groveling — grov·el·ing || grÊŒvlɪŋ ,grÉ‘v / grÉ’v adj. base, abject, contemptible grov·el || grÉ‘vl , grÊŒvl / grÉ’vl v. crawl; beg; be servile; prostrate oneself; humiliate oneself …   English contemporary dictionary

  • groveling — adj 1. servile, slavish, obsequious, Obs. obsequent, subservient, menial, Obs., Rare. ver nile; submissive, docile, deferential, acquiescent, compliant, unassertive, Tomish, Uncle Tomish, tractable, mealy mouthed; kowtowing, bowing, bowing and… …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

  • groveling — grov·el·ing …   English syllables

  • groveling — UK [ˈɡrɒv(ə)lɪŋ] / US [ˈɡrɑv(ə)lɪŋ] grovel …   English dictionary

  • groveling — adjective totally submissive • Syn: ↑cringing, ↑grovelling, ↑wormlike, ↑wormy • Similar to: ↑submissive …   Useful english dictionary

  • grovelling — groveling grov el*ing, grovelling grov el*ling, a. Lying prone; low; debased; submissive in a self abasing manner. A groveling creature. Cowper. Syn: cringing, wormlike, wormy. [1913 Webster + WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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