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groveling


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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  fiat  on  one's  belly,  expressive  of 
  abjectness;  to  crawl. 
 
  To  creep  and  grovel  on  the  ground.  --Dryden. 
 
  2.  To  tend  toward,  or  delight  in  what  is  sensual  or  base;  to 
  be  low  abject,  or  mean 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Groveling  \Grov"el*ing\,  a. 
  Lying  prone;  low  debased.  [Written  also  {grovelling}.]  ``A 
  groveling  creature.''  --Cowper. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  groveling 
  adj  :  totally  submissive  [syn:  {cringing},  {grovelling},  {wormlike}, 
  {wormy}] 




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