- to roll about or lie in water, snow, mud, dust, or the like, as for refreshment: Goats wallowed in the dust.
- to live self-indulgently; luxuriate; revel: to wallow in luxury; to wallow in sentimentality.
- to flounder about; move along or proceed clumsily or with difficulty: A gunboat wallowed toward port.
- to surge up or billow forth, as smoke or heat: Waves of black smoke wallowed into the room.
- an act or instance of wallowing.
- a place in which animals wallow: hog wallow; an elephant wallow.
- the indentation produced by animals wallowing: a series of wallows across the farmyard.
Origin of wallow
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Examples from the Web for wallowing
Instead of wallowing in comedy exile, Slate was earning a book deal.The Curious Little Shell That Restarted Jenny Slate’s Career
December 15, 2014
The Palestinians are playing the blame game with American help and Israelis are wallowing in their culture of guilt.Ending the Blame Game Through Talks
August 16, 2013
I managed to put this information in a box for the rest of the session and focus on my wallowing.‘LA Shrinks’: A Television Writer Discovers His Shrink Is on a Bravo Reality Show
April 8, 2013
Folks online are wallowing in Romney saying that as governor he wanted "binders of women."The GOP's Candy Strategy
October 17, 2012
And so, wallowing in just such a sentiment last week while watching the series wind down, I had my omigod moment.‘House, M.D.’ Series Finale: Almost Like Saying Goodbye to a Friend
May 21, 2012
We are, on the contrary, fumbling and wallowing about where the Greek pondered and philosophized.'Tis Sixty Years Since
Charles Francis Adams
He stamped them into the snow under him in the wallowing struggle.White Fang
A sea hog is a wallowing boat with a long, black, heavy snout.The Harbor
The brute was wallowing on the surface now, the water boiling around him.The Great Hunger
You can fancy how dirty we became, splashing, stumbling, wallowing in it.South American Fights and Fighters
Cyrus Townsend Brady
- (esp of certain animals) to roll about in mud, water, etc, for pleasure
- to move about with difficulty
- to indulge oneself in possessions, emotion, etcto wallow in self-pity
- (of smoke, waves, etc) to billow
- the act or an instance of wallowing
- a muddy place or depression where animals wallow
Word Origin and History for wallowing
Old English wealwian "to roll," from West Germanic *walwojan, from PIE *wel- "to roll" (see volvox). Figurative sense of "to plunge and remain in some state or condition" is attested from early 13c. Related: Wallowed; wallowing. The noun is recorded from 1590s.