un grovelling

grovel

[gruhv-uhl, grov-]
verb (used without object), groveled, groveling or (especially British) grovelled, grovelling.
1.
to humble oneself or act in an abject manner, as in great fear or utter servility.
2.
to lie or crawl with the face downward and the body prostrate, especially in abject humility, fear, etc.
3.
to take pleasure in mean or base things.

Origin:
1585–95; back formation from obsolete groveling (adv.), equivalent to obsolete grufe face down (< Old Norse ā grūfu face down) + -ling2, taken to be present participle

groveler; especially British, groveller, noun
grovelingly; especially British, grovellingly, adverb
ungroveling, adjective
ungrovelling, adjective

gavel, gravel, grovel.


1. truckle, toady, fawn, kowtow, pander.
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grovel (ˈɡrɒvəl)
 
vb , (US) -els, -elling, -elled, -els, -eling, -eled
1.  to humble or abase oneself, as in making apologies or showing respect
2.  to lie or crawl face downwards, as in fear or humility
3.  (often foll by in) to indulge or take pleasure (in sensuality or vice)
 
[C16: back formation from obsolete groveling (adv), from Middle English on grufe on the face, of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse ā grūfu, from grūfa prone position; see -ling²]
 
'groveller
 
n
 
'grovelling
 
n, —adj
 
'grovellingly
 
adv

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grovel
1593, Shakespearian back-formation of M.E. groveling, regarded as a prp. but really an adv., from O.N. grufe "prone" + obsolete adverbial suffix -ling (which survives also as the -long in headlong, sidelong); first element from O.N. a grufu "on proneness." Perhaps related to creep.
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