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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