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EtymologyEdit

From Old Norse á grufu (on one's belly) ( > Old Norse grúfa (to grovel)).

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    Rhymes: -ɒvəl

VerbEdit

grovel (third-person singular simple present grovels, present participle (UK) grovelling or (US) groveling, simple past and past participle (UK) grovelled or (US) groveled)

  1. To be prone on the ground.
  2. To crawl.
  3. To abase oneself before another person.
  4. To be slavishly nice to someone or apologize in the hope of securing something.
  5. To take pleasure in mundane activities.

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