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grovel

grov·el

grovel

 
 
pronunciation:
gruh vl [or] gra vl
part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: groveled, groveling, grovels
definition 1: to demean or humble oneself; abase oneself.
He groveled to his boss, hoping to win back his favor.
synonyms:
fawn, suck up, toady, truckle
similar words:
bootlick, flatter, kiss ass, wheedle
definition 2: to be or move about in a bowed or prostrate position, as with fear or humility; cower; cringe.
The courtiers groveled before the king.
synonyms:
bootlick, cower, crawl, cringe, slaver
similar words:
bend, bow, bow and scrape, crouch, kneel, kowtow, squat, squirm, stoop, wheedle
definition 3: to find enjoyment in base or petty pleasures.
similar words:
debauch, dissipate, indulge, luxuriate, wallow, wanton, welter
derivations: grovelingly (adv.), groveler (n.)