To behave in a servile or demeaning fashion; cringe.
To lie or creep in a prostrate position, as in subservience or humility.
To give oneself over to base pleasures: "Have we not groveled here long enough, eating and drinking like mere brutes?” ( Walt Whitman).
To creep from the earth, or utilizing the face towards surface; to lay prone, or move uneasily aided by the human body prostrate on earth; to lay flat on one's belly, expressive of abjectness; to crawl.
To tend toward, or delight in, what is sensual or base; becoming low, abject, or indicate.
To creep or crawl on planet, or using the face and body bent towards floor; lie susceptible, or go using the body prostrate regarding the earth; particularly, to lie prostrate in abject humility, concern, etc.
thus To have a tendency toward and take pleasure in low or base things; be reduced, abject, or suggest; be morally depraved.