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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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  • 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

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 wallow
v.

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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