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wallow

[ wol-oh ]
/ ˈwɒl oʊ /
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verb (used without object)
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.
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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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British Dictionary definitions for wallow

wallow
/ (ˈwɒləʊ) /

verb (intr)
(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
noun
the act or an instance of wallowing
a muddy place or depression where animals wallow

Derived forms of wallow

wallower, noun

Word Origin for wallow

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