- 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 wallow
I know many people who think to be an artist means you have to suffer, or at least wallow in old miseries.Mara Wilson Remembers Robin Williams: We're All His Goddamn Kids
August 18, 2014
Amia, Louie's temporary girlfriend, is gone, leaving him to wallow in his heartbreak—at least for a few scenes.Louie Attempts Rape (and Explores the ‘Nice Guy’ Phenomenon)
June 3, 2014
In our film, Emad is using a language that does not wallow in suffering and in that way he becomes a powerful inspiration.Comfortable Symbols: The Suffering Palestinian and the Good Israeli
February 24, 2013
But Romney strikes me as a glass-half-full kind of guy, so let us not wallow in the negatives.Super Tuesday: Mitt Romney’s Senior Citizen Surge
March 7, 2012
The Wallow is the best known, but not the only, fire now racing through Arizona.Arizona Fires: Mormons Mobilize to Help
Terry Greene Sterling
June 11, 2011
She had to wallow in filth instead of having flowers all about her.L'Assommoir
He grabbed the groveling butcher and hoisted him from his wallow.Louisiana Lou
William West Winter
And then they laid him down in the rain-water which had gathered in the wallow.When the West Was Young
Frederick R. Bechdolt
To wallow in such a wave of happiness had never been his before, was never to be his again.Dreamers of the Ghetto
It irks them that humanity should wallow in its ignorance and blindness.
- (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 wallow
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.