grovelling

  • 1 Grovelling — 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;… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 grovelling — groveling grov el*ing, grovelling grov el*ling, a. Lying prone; low; debased; submissive in a self abasing manner. A groveling creature. Cowper. Syn: cringing, wormlike, wormy. [1913 Webster + WordNet 1.5] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 grovelling — Synonyms and related words: abject, apple polishing, ass kissing, base, brown nosing, cowering, crawling, cringing, fawning, kowtowing, low, mean, obsequious, scraping, servile, slavish, sordid, submissive, subservient, sycophantish, toadying,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 4 grovelling — grov·el·ling || grÊŒvlɪŋ ,grÉ‘v / grÉ’v adj. base, abject, contemptible grov·el || grÉ‘vl , grÊŒvl / grÉ’vl v. crawl; beg; be servile; prostrate oneself; humiliate oneself …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 5 grovelling — a. 1. Creeping, crouching, squat. 2. Low, mean, base, vile, abject, servile, slavish, cringing, fawning, beggarly, sneaking, earth born, undignified, unworthy, without elevation …

    New dictionary of synonyms

  • 6 grovelling — See: grovel …

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  • 7 grovelling — adjective totally submissive • Syn: ↑cringing, ↑groveling, ↑wormlike, ↑wormy • Similar to: ↑submissive …

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  • 8 grovel — grov|el [ˈgrɔvəl US ˈgra: , ˈgrʌ ] v past tense and past participle grovelled present participle grovelling BrE past tense and past participle groveled present participle groveling AmE [Date: 1800 1900; Origin: groveling lying face downward (16… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 9 grovel — verb (grovels, grovelling, grovelled; US grovels, groveling, groveled) 1》 crouch or crawl abjectly on the ground. 2》 act obsequiously to obtain forgiveness or favour. Derivatives groveller noun grovelling …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 10 grovel — v.intr. (grovelled, grovelling; US groveled, groveling) 1 behave obsequiously in seeking favour or forgiveness. 2 lie prone in abject humility. Derivatives: groveller n. grovelling adj. grovellingly adv. Etymology: back form. f. obs. grovelling… …

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  • 12 The Old Curiosity Shop — For adaptations of the novel, see The Old Curiosity Shop (disambiguation). For the Seattle business, see Ye Olde Curiosity Shop. The Old Curiosity Shop …

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  • 14 Sycophancy — For fawning in the sense of a musical term, see Accarezzévole. Sycophancy means:[1] Obsequious flattery; servility. The character or characteristic of a sycophant. Alternative phrases are often used such as: apple polishing …

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  • 15 grovel — [16] Old and Middle English had a suffix ling, used for making adverbs denoting direction or condition. Few survive, and of those that do, most have had their ling changed to the more logical sounding long (headlong and sidelong, for instance,… …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 16 grovel — [[t]grɒ̱v(ə)l[/t]] grovels, grovelling, grovelled (in AM, use groveling, groveled) 1) VERB (disapproval) If you say that someone grovels, you think they are behaving too respectfully towards another person, for example because they are frightened …

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  • 17 grovel — UK [ˈɡrɒv(ə)l] / US [ˈɡrɑv(ə)l] verb [intransitive] Word forms grovel : present tense I/you/we/they grovel he/she/it grovels present participle grovelling past tense grovelled past participle grovelled showing disapproval to show too much respect …

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  • 18 grovel — /ˈgrɒvəl / (say grovuhl) verb (i) (grovelled or, US, groveled, grovelling or, US, groveling) 1. to humble oneself or act in an abject manner, as in fear or in mean servility. 2. to lie or move with the face downwards and the body prostrate,… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 19 reptile — /ˈrɛptaɪl / (say reptuyl) noun 1. any of the Reptilia, a class of cold blooded vertebrates, including the lizards, snakes, turtles, alligators, and rhynchocephalians, together with various extinct types. 2. any of various creeping or crawling… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 20 grovel — [16] Old and Middle English had a suffix ling, used for making adverbs denoting direction or condition. Few survive, and of those that do, most have had their ling changed to the more logical sounding long (headlong and sidelong, for instance,… …

    Word origins