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[wol-oh] /ˈwɒl oʊ/
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.
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
before 900; Middle English walwe, Old English wealwian to roll; cognate with Gothic walwjan; akin to Latin volvere
2. swim, bask. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for wallow
  • Ain't gonna happen, no matter how much adjuncts starve themselves and wallow in offal.
  • Also, elephants wallow in mud and spread dust on their skin.
  • They will also wallow in mud for the same purpose-and to gain relief from insects.
  • They're crowded into feedlots where they wallow in their own filth as they are larded up with saturated fat.
  • Early risers and those who have not slept wallow confusedly in the solar judgment.
  • That's when you wallow in the wilderness and also dress for dinner.
  • Yes, you're right, let them wallow in their own incompetence.
  • When the sun is high, they often wallow or submerge themselves in water.
  • Vouchers will leave the poorest students to wallow in a public school system with even fewer resources than before.
  • Runoff from the pool created this water hole, where warthogs come to wallow.
British Dictionary definitions for wallow


verb (intransitive)
(esp of certain animals) to roll about in mud, water, etc, for pleasure
to move about with difficulty
to indulge oneself in possessions, emotion, etc: to 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
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 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.

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