1. To move slowly; in the case of people or animals with the body near the ground; SYN. creep.
2. To feel a shivering sensation of fear or apprehension.
3. To be crawling with.
4. To swim by doing the crawl.
creep / ˈkriːp /
(Irregular preterit, past participle: crept).
cringe / krɪndʒ /
To draw one's self together as in fear or servility; to bend or crouch with base humility; to wince.
1. To draw in or contract one's muscles involuntarily (as from cold or pain)
2. To shrink in fear or servility
3. To behave in an excessively humble or servile way
4. To recoil in distaste
ETYM Cf. French faonner.
1. To court favor by cringing or flattering; SYN. toady, truckle, bootlick, kowtow, kotow, suck up.
2. To show submission or fear; SYN. crawl, creep, cringe, cower, grovel.
3. To have fawns, of deer.
grovel / ɡrɑːvl̩ /
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; to crawl.
2. To tend toward, or delight in, what is sensual or base; to be low, abject, or mean.