Translation of grovel in Spanish:


humillarse, v.

Pronunciation: /ˈɡrʌv(ə)l//ˈɡrəvəl//ˈɡrɒv(ə)l//ˈɡrɑvəl/

intransitive verb

  • 1

    to grovel for mercy implorar piedad
    • to grovel before sb / at sb's feet prosternarse ante algn / a los pies de algn
    • you'll have to grovel before he'll give you a pay increase tendrás que arrastrarte a sus pies para que te dé un aumento
    • Once he'd got the grovelling out of the way he was transformed.
    • In yet another print, he grovels avariciously for a pittance at the feet of Prime Minister Pitt as the latter grinds John Bull through a mincing machine to produce gold coins.
    • Ed tried to wriggle and in the end started grovelling to Neil, that he was probably the best informed political journalist on the economy.
    • And after the attacks on her grow worse they experience mixed emotions as Jack grovels and pleads with her not to go when finally she decides she has had enough and announces she is leaving.
    • Obviously a good grovel is as necessary today as it was in the days of serfs.
    • Resilient than rubber, more sensitive than the world's best radar system and forever grovelling at the boss' feet, these modern Neros fiddle while the office burns.
    • You groveled to him, so let him have you.
    • He brags about how valued he is at school to impress a woman, then grovels to have his old job back.
    • In this respect he is indeed just like her: courageous and unbending when facing up to the weak, the workers and the poor; grovelling and sycophantic to the rich, the strong and the powerful.
    • I begged and groveled and groveled and begged.
    • They're not servile and grovelling like the English are.
    • Each year at harvest, the prince hosts a feast for the noblemen of the countryside, while the peasants who farm his land grovel in abject poverty.
    • However, it sometimes seems as though a mere public reconsideration is not enough: we instead demand an abject, groveling apology and a confession that those who opposed the war were right about every last thing.
    • I remembered how, as a younger man, I would never have groveled or whined for any reason.
    • As a depiction of Labor policy, it represents one of the more sniveling grovels in recent memory.
    • They groveled to the females before every song and it was just a lame rock performance.
    • In a sickening display of abject groveling he declared: ‘My behavior on this occasion was unacceptable and irresponsible.’
    • We resolved to show him and everyone else that the days for grovelling were over.
    • An employee who forgot their password to log in to the corporate network would probably get a withering look from the support staff as they grovelled to have it reset.
    • Other ordinaries say they will respond only on the basis of individual need; thus, if such a resigned priest languishes in abject poverty or grovels fittingly, he may receive some reluctant beneficence.


  • 1informal

    he's in the boss's office having a good grovel está en la oficina del jefe, pidiendo perdón de rodillas
    • I'm very sorry, grovel, grovel mil perdones, su señoría