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Meaning of GROVEL

Pronunciation:  'gruvul

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[v]  show submission or fear
 

GROVEL is a 6 letter word that starts with G.

 

 Synonyms: cower, crawl, creep, cringe, fawn
 
 See Also: bend, flex

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Grov"el\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Groveled}or {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 fiat 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.

 
Computing Dictionary
 
 Definition: 

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."

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