Grov·el v. i. [imp. & p. p. Groveled or Grovelled; p. pr. & vb. n. Groveling or Grovelling.]
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.
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.
grov·el·ing, grov·el·ling, a. Lying prone; low; debased; submissive in a self-abasing manner. “A groveling creature.”
Syn: -- cringing, wormlike, wormy.
adj : totally submissive [syn: cringing, grovelling, wormlike,