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wallow

[wol-oh] /ˈwɒl oʊ/
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.
3.
to flounder about; move along or proceed clumsily or with difficulty:
A gunboat wallowed toward port.
4.
to surge up or billow forth, as smoke or heat:
Waves of black smoke wallowed into the room.
noun
5.
an act or instance of wallowing.
6.
a place in which animals wallow:
hog wallow; an elephant wallow.
7.
the indentation produced by animals wallowing:
a series of wallows across the farmyard.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English walwe, Old English wealwian to roll; cognate with Gothic walwjan; akin to Latin volvere
Synonyms
2. swim, bask.
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British Dictionary definitions for wall owed

wallow

/ˈwɒləʊ/
verb (intransitive)
1.
(esp of certain animals) to roll about in mud, water, etc, for pleasure
2.
to move about with difficulty
3.
to indulge oneself in possessions, emotion, etc to wallow in self-pity
4.
(of smoke, waves, etc) to billow
noun
5.
the act or an instance of wallowing
6.
a muddy place or depression where animals wallow
Derived Forms
wallower, noun
Word Origin
Old English wealwian to roll (in mud); related to Latin volvere to turn, Greek oulos curly, Russian valun round pebble
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Word Origin and History for wall owed
wallow
O.E. wealwian "to roll," from W.Gmc. *walwojan, from PIE *wal-, *wel- "to roll" (see vulva). Fig. sense of "to plunge and remain in some state or condition" is attested from c.1230. The noun is recorded from 1591.
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