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verb (used without object)
  1. to roll about or lie in water, snow, mud, dust, or the like, as for refreshment: Goats wallowed in the dust.

  2. to live self-indulgently; luxuriate; revel: to wallow in luxury; to wallow in sentimentality.

  1. to flounder about; move along or proceed clumsily or with difficulty: A gunboat wallowed toward port.

  2. to surge up or billow forth, as smoke or heat: Waves of black smoke wallowed into the room.

  1. an act or instance of wallowing.

  2. a place in which animals wallow: hog wallow; an elephant wallow.

  1. the indentation produced by animals wallowing: a series of wallows across the farmyard.

Origin of wallow

before 900; Middle English walwe,Old English wealwian to roll; cognate with Gothic walwjan; akin to Latin volvere

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How to use wallow in a sentence

  • Did you not see his crooked claws when he set the bowl before you, that you might wallow in the debasing drink?

    Skipper Worse | Alexander Lange Kielland
  • On the perfect day I have been talking about she hunted up a sunlit puddle and indulged in the first wallow of the season.

  • Well, Beatrice selected a spot where a defective drain had left the ground soft and trenched it with a luxurious wallow.

  • The willow tree (Welsh helygen), which grows essentially by the water-side, may be connoted with wallow.

    Archaic England | Harold Bayley
  • But after a lowly wallow in melancholy, a sudden rise of spirits is always viewed with suspicion by a woman.

British Dictionary definitions for wallow


/ (ˈwɒləʊ) /

  1. (esp of certain animals) to roll about in mud, water, etc, for pleasure

  2. to move about with difficulty

  1. to indulge oneself in possessions, emotion, etc: to wallow in self-pity

  2. (of smoke, waves, etc) to billow

  1. the act or an instance of wallowing

  2. a muddy place or depression where animals wallow

Origin of wallow

Old English wealwian to roll (in mud); related to Latin volvere to turn, Greek oulos curly, Russian valun round pebble

Derived forms of wallow

  • wallower, noun

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