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Wordnet 3.0


1. totally submissive;
[syn: cringing, groveling, grovelling, wormlike, wormy]

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. [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:

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]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

groveling adj 1: totally submissive [syn: cringing, groveling, grovelling, wormlike, wormy]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

63 Moby Thesaurus words for "groveling": abject, accumbent, apple-polishing, ass-kissing, backscratching, beggarly, bootlicking, brown-nosing, couchant, couche, cowering, crawling, cringing, crouching, decumbent, draped, fawnery, fawning, flat, flattering, flunkyism, footlicking, handshaking, hangdog, ingratiating, ingratiation, insinuation, kowtowing, lolling, lounging, lying, mealymouthed, mealymouthedness, obeisance, obeisant, obsequious, obsequiousness, on bended knee, parasitic, parasitism, procumbent, prone, prostrate, prostration, reclining, recumbent, reposing, resupine, sniveling, sponging, sprawled, sprawling, spread, supine, sycophancy, sycophantic, timeserving, toadeating, toadying, toadyish, toadyism, truckling, tufthunting