grovel


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grov·el

 (grŏv′əl, grŭv′-)
intr.v. grov·eled, grov·el·ing, grov·els also grov·elled or grov·el·ling
1. To behave in a servile or obsequious manner.
2. To lie or creep in a prostrate position, as in subservience or humility.
3. To give oneself over to base pleasures: "Have we not groveled here long enough, eating and drinking like mere brutes?" (Walt Whitman).

[Back-formation from obsolete groveling, prone, face downward, from Middle English : (on) grufe, face downwards (from Old Norse ā grūfu, from grūfa, to grovel) + -ling, adv. suff.; see -ling2.]

grov′el·er n.

grovel

(ˈɡrɒvəl)
vb (intr) , -els, -elling or -elled, -els, -eling or -eled
1. to humble or abase oneself, as in making apologies or showing respect
2. to lie or crawl face downwards, as in fear or humility
3. (often foll by in) to indulge or take pleasure (in sensuality or vice)
[C16: back formation from obsolete groveling (adv), from Middle English on grufe on the face, of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse ā grūfu, from grūfa prone position; see -ling2]
ˈgroveller, ˈgroveler n
ˈgrovelling, ˈgroveling n, adj
ˈgrovellingly, ˈgrovelingly adv

grov•el

(ˈgrɒv əl, ˈgrʌv-)

v.i. -eled, -el•ing (esp. Brit.) -elled, -el•ling.
1. to humble oneself or act in an abject manner.
2. to lie or crawl with the face downward and the body prostrate in abject humility, fear, etc.
3. to take pleasure in base things.
[1585–95; back formation from obsolete groveling (adv.) = obsolete grufe face down (< Old Norse ā grūfu face down) + -ling2]
grov′el•er, esp. Brit., grov′el•ler, n.

grovel

, groveling - Grovel is a back-formation from groveling—which first meant "face downward in a prone or prostrate position."
See also related terms for prone.

grovel


Past participle: grovelled
Gerund: grovelling

Imperative
grovel
grovel
Present
I grovel
you grovel
he/she/it grovels
we grovel
you grovel
they grovel
Preterite
I grovelled
you grovelled
he/she/it grovelled
we grovelled
you grovelled
they grovelled
Present Continuous
I am grovelling
you are grovelling
he/she/it is grovelling
we are grovelling
you are grovelling
they are grovelling
Present Perfect
I have grovelled
you have grovelled
he/she/it has grovelled
we have grovelled
you have grovelled
they have grovelled
Past Continuous
I was grovelling
you were grovelling
he/she/it was grovelling
we were grovelling
you were grovelling
they were grovelling
Past Perfect
I had grovelled
you had grovelled
he/she/it had grovelled
we had grovelled
you had grovelled
they had grovelled
Future
I will grovel
you will grovel
he/she/it will grovel
we will grovel
you will grovel
they will grovel
Future Perfect
I will have grovelled
you will have grovelled
he/she/it will have grovelled
we will have grovelled
you will have grovelled
they will have grovelled
Future Continuous
I will be grovelling
you will be grovelling
he/she/it will be grovelling
we will be grovelling
you will be grovelling
they will be grovelling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been grovelling
you have been grovelling
he/she/it has been grovelling
we have been grovelling
you have been grovelling
they have been grovelling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been grovelling
you will have been grovelling
he/she/it will have been grovelling
we will have been grovelling
you will have been grovelling
they will have been grovelling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been grovelling
you had been grovelling
he/she/it had been grovelling
we had been grovelling
you had been grovelling
they had been grovelling
Conditional
I would grovel
you would grovel
he/she/it would grovel
we would grovel
you would grovel
they would grovel
Past Conditional
I would have grovelled
you would have grovelled
he/she/it would have grovelled
we would have grovelled
you would have grovelled
they would have grovelled
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.grovel - show submission or fear
bend, flex - form a curve; "The stick does not bend"

grovel

verb
1. humble yourself, creep, crawl, flatter, fawn, pander, cower, toady, kowtow, brown-nose (taboo slang), bow and scrape, kiss ass (taboo slang), lick someone's boots, lick someone's arse (taboo slang), demean yourself, abase yourself I refuse to grovel to anybody.
humble yourself be proud, intimidate, hold your head high, domineer
2. crawl, crouch, go on hands and knees, go on all fours We grovelled around on our knees, hunting for the key.

grovel

verb
To support slavishly every opinion or suggestion of a superior:
Slang: suck up.
Idioms: curry favor, dance attendance, kiss someone's feet, lick someone's boots.
Translations
يَتَذَلَّل أمام رؤسائِه
plazit se
krybeligge på maven for
madellamielistellänöyristelläollarähmällään
skríîa fyrir e-m
šliaužiotižemintis
zemoties
kendini alçaltmak

grovel

[ˈgrɒvl] VI (lit, fig) → arrastrarse (to ante)

grovel

[ˈgrɒvəl] vi
(= behave obsequiously) → ramper
to grovel before sb → ramper devant qn
to grovel to sb → ramper devant qn
(= crawl) → ramper

grovel

vikriechen; to grovel at somebody’s feetvor jdm kriechen; (dog)sich um jdn herumdrücken; to grovel to or before somebody (fig)vor jdm kriechen; (in apology) → vor jdm zu Kreuze kriechen

grovel

[ˈgrɒvl] vi (also) (fig) to grovel to or before sbstrisciare di fronte a qn

grovel

(ˈgrovl) past tense, past participle ˈgrovelled , (American) ˈgroveled verb
to make oneself (too) humble. He grovelled before his leader.
References in classic literature ?
Art rises when men rise, and grovels when men grovel.
But before the torture you shall be mine for one short hour, and word of that too shall go forth to Tardos Mors, Jeddak of Helium, your grandfather, that he may grovel upon the ground in the agony of his sorrow.
Either to be a hero or to grovel in the mud--there was nothing between.
He is very much embarrassed about the arms, as if they were inconvenient to him and he wanted to grovel, is very much in a perspiration about the head, and never speaks without first putting up his great hand, as delivering a token to his hearers that he is going to edify them.
Tortures and ignominies shall be heaped upon you until you grovel at my feet asking the boon of death.
Now he was seized with a desire to do horrible, sordid things; he wanted to roll himself in gutters; his whole being yearned for beastliness; he wanted to grovel.
And we would all have to go down on our knees and grovel for it, while he would stand on the chair, and grunt, and want to know if he was to be kept there all the evening.
No matter what foolish declarations people make about money, they one and all, if they live in Paris, must grovel before accounts, do homage to figures, and kiss the forked hoof of the golden calf.