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.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
v 1: show submission or fear [syn: fawn, crawl, creep,
cringe, cower, grovel]
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
The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003):
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
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018):
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."