• WordNet 3.6
    • adj grovelling totally submissive
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a grovelling Lying prone; low; debased; submissive in a self-abasing manner. "A groveling creature."
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Grovelling mean
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  • William M. Thackeray
    “Whenever he met a great man he groveled before him, and my-lorded him as only a free-born Briton can do.”
  • James Russell Lowell
    “There is no self-delusion more fatal than that which makes the conscience dreamy with the anodyne of lofty sentiments, while the life is groveling and sensual.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Explained by Skeat as due to M. E. groveling, flat on the ground, properly an adv., also grofling—Ice. grûfa.


In literature:

Pouring though it was, and grovelling admirer of footlight favourites as I am, somehow I never thought to offer either of them my umbrella.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 153, Nov. 28, 1917" by Various
Are you to be happy, while I grovel in the intensity of my wretchedness?
"The World's Greatest Books, Vol VIII" by Arthur Mee and J.A. Hammerton, Eds.
The soldier was on his knees, grovelling with face against the floor.
"Love Under Fire" by Randall Parrish
We see him chewing Ashes, grovelling in the Dust, and loaden with supernumerary Pains and Torments.
"The Spectator, Volumes 1, 2 and 3" by Joseph Addison and Richard Steele
King Louis spends half his time grovelling on his marrow bones before that saint and the Blessed Virgin.
"Yolanda: Maid of Burgundy" by Charles Major
Out there, in the thick shadows beyond the fire, a body was groveling and kicking in death agonies.
"The Wolf Hunters" by James Oliver Curwood
It can't be that you'd grovel, Honora.
"The Precipice" by Elia Wilkinson Peattie
She became his very slave, grovelling at his feet.
"Love affairs of the Courts of Europe" by Thornton Hall
You either grovel at their feet or snap their heads off.
"As Seen By Me" by Lilian Bell
Then I took to writing, but the motive was grovelling, for I aimed at gaining money and flattery.
"The World's Greatest Books, Vol X" by Various
Why should I not stamp the miserable life out of you as you lie grovelling at my feet?
"The Lord of Dynevor" by Evelyn Everett-Green
I'm not going to grovel before gods or men.
"Tales of the Five Towns" by Arnold Bennett
Within a week England was grovelling in the dust at the feet of her conquerors.
"Punch, Or The London Charivari, Vol. 101, August 1, 1891" by Various
The women shriek and swoon, grovel on the ground, and tear their hair.
"The Pearl of the Antilles, or An Artist in Cuba" by Walter Goodman
The sublimity of it shrivels man's pitiful egoism until he grovels in humility and awe.
"The Song of the Wolf" by Frank Mayer
We'd get up a turn or two among ourselves, only we can't decide who's to grovel.
"Loyal to the School" by Angela Brazil
Pursue thy grovelling schemes.
"Alida" by Amelia Stratton Comfield
The old man said, "Thank you," humbly, and grovelled.
"The Undying Past" by Hermann Sudermann
He staggered into the room, and, as he advanced, the first native grovelled at his feet, sobbing.
"The Golden Rock" by Ernest Glanville
To all appearances she might have been a genuine witch as she groveled over Long Bill.
"Hope Hathaway" by Frances Parker

In poetry:

Look on us, Lord, and take our parts
E'en on Thy throne of purity!
From these our proud yet grovelling hearts
Hide not Thy mild forgiving eye.
"The Epiphany" by John Keble
WEARY of vainly seeking Happiness
In city alleys full of sound and strife,
I hastened from the noisy human press,--
The labyrinth of this dark, grovelling life.
"Happiness" by Arshag Tchobanian
Simply? That's nobly: 'tis to know
That God may still be met with,
Nor groweth old, nor doth bestow
These senses fine, this brain aglow,
To grovel and forget with.
"Gold Egg: A Dream-Fantasy" by James Russell Lowell
Where home is a hovel and dull we grovel,
Forgetting that the world is fair;
Where no babe we cherish, lest its very soul perish;
Where mirth is crime, and love a snare.
"The Voice Of Toil" by William Morris
And while she grovelled at his feet,
She felt the King's breath wander o'er her neck,
And in the darkness o'er her fallen head,
Perceived the waving of his hands that blest.
"Guinevere" by Alfred Lord Tennyson
Could she make this gesture fine
To the pit where labour grovels,
Mother hearts would cease to pine,
Weary men would wave their shovels.
All would cry with hope serene:
'Little children, bless the Queen!'
"The Palace" by Robert W Service

In news:

To keep your momentum through the rest of summer, we consulted with Florida's Evan Geiselman—an expert on making the meager look meaty—on the finer points of groveling .
Neil Grovel 's Farewell Show Finally, Ripped From The Womb of KFJC 89.7FM.
Newlywed Justin Timberlake has issued a groveling apology over a highly insensitive wedding video that mocked homeless people, is reporting.
If there is ever a good time for one to grovel before his audience, this is it.
With desserts being a sin, there are some who want to grovel in their decadence, abasing themselves with dense three-chocolate cakes globbed over in chocolate sauce and canned whipped cream.
With desserts being a sin, there are some who want to grovel in their decadence, abasing themselves with dense three-chocolate cakes globbed over in chocolate sauce and canned whipped cream .
Oscar groveling is ' disgusting '.
Everyone from elected and appointed officials to public safety folks to insurance agents pointed to the dunes this week in appreciation, and we prefer not to ever grovel over anything, but the dunes deserve a standing ovation.
A day after a video emerged of "Two and a Half Men" star Angus T Jones calling the show " filth ", the actor has issued a grovelling apology to the cast and crew.
Fox News anchor Shepard Smith made a groveling apology to viewers after a production error allowed a man's shocking suicide to be shown on live television.
Earl Leonard Smith passed away Monday, Dec 3rd, 2012, at Integris Grovel Hospital in Grove, Okla. Earl was born on Jan 16th, 1924, in Stella, Mo.
But now, he is the one doing the groveling - by publicly begging with his mother-in-law Greta Hutcheson for forgiveness, can reveal.
The Art of the Public Grovel: Sexual Sin and Public Confession in America, by Susan Wise Bauer.
He said, his glasses got knocked off and he had to grovel around on the floor getting stepped & pogo-ed on to retrieve them.
Watching her husband grovel before and flatter his boss, a woman wonders what happened to the man she married.