Definition of 'grovel'

See related content

Synonyms of "grovel"
Synonyms of "grovel"
French Translation of "grovel"
French Translation of "grovel"
Pronunciation Playlists
Pronunciation Playlists
Word of the day : moonwalk
Word of the day : moonwalk
Hindi Translation of "grovel"
Hindi Translation of "grovel"
NEW from Collins!
NEW from Collins!
Easy Learning English Grammar
Easy Learning English Grammar

Example sentences containing 'grovel'

These examples have been automatically selected and may contain sensitive content. Read more…
All right, Charles, you don't have to grovel on all fours! Howatch, Susan ABSOLUTE TRUTHS (2001)And what better use can we find for those degenerates who grovel in your gutters, or sell themselves for money? Pritchard, John NIGHT SISTERS (2001)She deserved to grovel, but since that didn't appear to be working, she reverted to being the world-weary, spoiled heiress. Susan Elizabeth Philips THIS HEART OF MINE (2001)

Trends of 'grovel'

Used Rarely. grovel is in the lower 50% of commonly used words in the Collins dictionary

View usage for:

Translations for 'grovel'

British English: grovel VERB
If you say that someone grovels, you think they are behaving too respectfully towards another person, for example, because they are frightened or because they want something.
I don't grovel to anybody.
  • American English: grovel
  • Brazilian Portuguese: humilhar-se
  • Chinese: 卑躬屈膝
  • European Spanish: arrastrarse
  • French: ramper
  • German: kriechen
  • Italian: essere ossequioso
  • Japanese: ぺこぺこする
  • Korean: 굽실거리다
  • European Portuguese: humilhar-se
  • Latin American Spanish: arrastrarse


Definition of grovel from the Collins English Dictionary
The moon is at the forefront of our minds as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Neil Armstrong’s ‘small step’ on 20th July, 1969. This month, we’ve been exploring lunar terminology, as well as looking at how the moon has woven itself into the fabric of our everyday language.
Read more
Unlock language with the Paul Noble method
No books. No rote memorization. No chance of failure. Your chance to have a one-to-one lesson with best-selling language expert Paul Noble, try a FREE audio sample of his brand new Mandarin Chinese course.
Read more
Learning English: Making suggestions when travelling
Take a boat? Stay overnight somewhere? This article looks at some useful phrases you can use when discussing options about what to do when travelling.
Read more
New collocations added to dictionary
Collocations are words that are often used together and are brilliant at providing natural sounding language for your speech and writing.
Read more
Collins Dictionaries for Schools
Our new online dictionaries for schools provide a safe and appropriate environment for children. And best of all it's ad free, so sign up now and start using at home or in the classroom.
Read more
Word lists
We have almost 200 lists of words from topics as varied as types of butterflies, jackets, currencies, vegetables and knots! Amaze your friends with your new-found knowledge!
Read more
Join the Collins community
All the latest wordy news, linguistic insights, offers and competitions every month.
Read more
13th edition of the Collins Dictionary out now!
Updated with all the very latest new words and senses, this new 13th edition is an unparalleled resource for word lovers, word gamers, and word geeks everywhere. #homeoflivingenglish
Read more
Create an account and sign in to access this FREE content
Register now or login in to access