Definition of grovelling in English:

grovelling

(US groveling)

adjective

  • Acting obsequiously in order to obtain forgiveness or favour.

    ‘his grovelling references to ‘great’ historians’

noun

mass noun
  • Obsequious behaviour aimed at obtaining forgiveness or favour.

    ‘it was time to give in and do a bit of grovelling’

Pronunciation

grovelling

/ˈɡrɒv(ə)lɪŋ/