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 (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.
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Adj.1.grovelling - totally submissive
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groveling (US) [ˈgrɒvlɪŋ] ADJrastrero, servil
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, (US) groveling
adjkriecherisch (inf), → unterwürfig
nKriecherei f (inf), → Speichelleckerei f (inf)
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A brute insidious, plundering, grovelling, That aye must lie, That wittingly, wilfully, aye must lie: For booty lusting, Motley masked, Self-hidden, shrouded, Himself his booty- HE--of truth the wooer?
White Fang crawled slowly, cringing and grovelling in the abjectness of his abasement and submission.
You are the first--yes, Miss Western, you are the first of your name who ever entertained so grovelling a thought.
It was altogether unaccountable that a young gentleman whose imagination had been strangled in his cradle, should be still inconvenienced by its ghost in the form of grovelling sensualities; but such a monster, beyond all doubt, was Tom.
But these dead-tinted, hollow-eyed, angular skeletons of villages on the Rhone oppress me with the feeling that human life--very much of it--is a narrow, ugly, grovelling existence, which even calamity does not elevate, but rather tends to exhibit in all its bare vulgarity of conception; and I have a cruel conviction that the lives these ruins are the traces of were part of a gross sum of obscure vitality, that will be swept into the same oblivion with the generations of ants and beavers.
The earlier animals, hot and weary with their grovelling, shot vicious glances at him.
Do what Apollo may as he lies grovelling before his father, aegis-bearing Jove, Hector cannot escape us longer.
The trouble-prone MMA fighter apologised to fans in a grovelling US interview.
A video of the father, grovelling at the feet of a clerk at Tariqul Maula College in the Saeedabad area of Matiari, had gone viral on social media on Sunday.
Our bending the knee to the EU is entirely consistent with our kowtowing to China, our grovelling to the USA, our toadying to Japan and India and our helplessness in relation to Amazon, Google and Facebook.
Part of this work involved moving meters from the "grovelling under stairs and sink units" to a location nearer the point of entry.
Sacked American golf chief Ted Bishop last night issued a grovelling apology for his Facebook blast that described Ian Poulter as a squealing schoolgirl.