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.

before 900; Middle English walwe, Old English wealwian to roll; cognate with Gothic walwjan; akin to Latin volvere

2. swim, bask.
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wallow (ˈwɒləʊ)
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
5.  the act or an instance of wallowing
6.  a muddy place or depression where animals 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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Word Origin & History

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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Example sentences
In hot weather, cattle stood belly- deep in the water and hogs wallowed in the shallows.
No one had seen any panther and the spot might have been where a calf had wallowed.
The ship rolled and tossed until the rudder gave way and the vessel wallowed helplessly, battered by the tremendous waves.
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