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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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.grovelling - totally submissive
submissive - inclined or willing to submit to orders or wishes of others or showing such inclination; "submissive servants"; "a submissive reply"; "replacing troublemakers with more submissive people"


groveling (US) [ˈgrɒvlɪŋ] ADJrastrero, servil


, (US) groveling
adjkriecherisch (inf), → unterwürfig
nKriecherei f (inf), → Speichelleckerei f (inf)
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Ed Balls, who now discounts himself as a future leader (although he''d still give his wife Yvette Cooper a leg-up) could not have been more grovellingly apologetic about the sins of Gordon Brown and Co.
As the Government looked set to fall, the absent Taoiseach was forced back to the Dail - where he grovellingly agreed to allocate the jobs to remaining ministers.
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