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Definition of GROVEL

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Grovel \Grov"el\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Groveled}or {Grovelled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Groveling} or {Grovelling}.] [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. gr[=u]fa, in [=a] gr[=u]fu on the face, prone, gr[=u]fa to grovel.]
     1. 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 flat on one's belly, expressive of abjectness; to crawl. [1913 Webster]

              To creep and grovel on the ground.    --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

     2. To tend toward, or delight in, what is sensual or base; to be low, abject, or mean. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

grovel
   vi.

      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.?


The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) [jargon]

94 Moby Thesaurus words for "grovel":
     apple-polish, be promiscuous, bend, bend the knee, bend the neck, bend to, bootlick, bow, bow and scrape, bow down, bow to, chase women, commit adultery, couch, cower, crawl, creep, cringe, cringe to, crouch, crouch before, curtsy, debauch, dissipate, do homage, do obeisance, fawn, flatter, flounder, fornicate, genuflect, get down, go on tiptoe, gumshoe, hug the earth, hunch, hunch down, inch, inch along, kneel, kneel to, knuckle to, kowtow, lay, lick the dust, lickspittle, lie, lie down, lie flat, lie limply, lie low, lie prone, lie prostrate, lie under, loll, lounge, nightwalk, pad, philander, prowl, pussyfoot, rake, recline, repose, roll, scrabble, scramble, scrouch down, sidle, sleep around, slink, snake, sneak, sprawl, squat, steal, steal along, stoop, swing, tippytoe, tiptoe, toadeat, toady, truckle, truckle to, tumble, underlie, wallow, wanton, welter, whore, womanize, worm, worm along


Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 [moby-thesaurus]


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