1. [syn: fawn, crawl, creep, cringe, cower, grovel]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Grovel \Grov"el\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Groveledor 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.
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.
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
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