What does grovel mean?

Definitions for grovel
ˈgrɒv əl, ˈgrʌv-grov·el

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word grovel.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. fawn, crawl, creep, cringe, cower, grovel(verb)

    show submission or fear


  1. grovel(Verb)

    To be prone on the ground.

  2. grovel(Verb)

    To crawl

  3. grovel(Verb)

    To abase oneself before another person.

  4. grovel(Verb)

    To be nice to someone or apologize in the hope of securing something.

  5. grovel(Verb)

    To take pleasure in mundane activities.

  6. Origin: From á grufu ( > Old Norse grúfa).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Grovel(adverb)

    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 fiat on one's belly, expressive of abjectness; to crawl

  2. Grovel(adverb)

    to tend toward, or delight in, what is sensual or base; to be low, abject, or mean

  3. Origin: [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. grfa, in grfu on the face, prone, grfa to grovel.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Grovel

    grov′el, v.i. to crawl on the earth, esp. in abject fear, &c.: to be base or mean:—pr.p. grov′elling; pa.p. grov′elled.n. Grov′eller.—adj. Grov′elling, mean. [Explained by Skeat as due to M. E. groveling, flat on the ground, properly an adv., also grofling—Ice. grûfa.]

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. grovel

    1. To work interminably and without apparent progress. Often used transitively with ‘over’ or ‘through’. “The file scavenger has been groveling through the /usr directories for 10 minutes now.” Compare grind and crunch. Emphatic form: grovel obscenely. 2. To examine minutely or in complete detail. “The compiler grovels over the entire source program before beginning to translate it.” “I grovelled through all the documentation, but I still couldn't find the command I wanted.”

Anagrams for grovel »

  1. Glover, glover

  2. Glover

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of grovel in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of grovel in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of grovel in a Sentence

  1. Emmanuel Nahshon:

    What happened (in Zurich) proves that the nuclear deal ... created an unbridled incentive to pour billions of dollars into Iran without it being required to changes its policy of terror and belligerence, greed begets attempts to grovel before the Iranian regime, with attendant loss of basic sense and self-respect.

  2. Sarah Solomon:

    I wanted to travel more — I didn’t want to have to ask for time off and grovel for extra days, you know?

  3. The President:

    If you're going to do it, the way to do it is make the Chinese come to us, let them grovel for a bit and then respond. You don't give them what they want up front. What do we get if he does that ? Nothing.

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  • arrossegarCatalan, Valencian
  • katzbuckeln, schleimen, kriechen, auf dem Bauch rutschenGerman
  • arrastrarseSpanish
  • ryömiä, madella, rähmällään, olla, mielistellä, nöyristellä, rypeäFinnish
  • s'abaisserFrench
  • התרפסHebrew
  • उताने पड़ जानाHindi
  • giacere prono, grufolarsi, strisciare, umiliarsi, giacere bocconi, ingraziarsi, abbassarsiItalian
  • kruipenDutch

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