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wallow

verb wal·low \ ˈwä-(ˌ)lō \
Updated on: 5 Dec 2017

Definition of wallow

intransitive verb
1 : to roll oneself about in a lazy, relaxed, or ungainly manner
  • hogs wallowing in the mud
2 : to billow forth : surge
3 : to devote oneself entirely; especially : to take unrestrained pleasure : delight
4 a : to become abundantly supplied : luxuriate
  • a family that wallows in money
b : to indulge oneself immoderately
  • wallowing in self-pity
5 : to become or remain helpless
  • allowed them to wallow in their ignorance

wallower

play \ˈwä-lə-wər\ noun

Examples of wallow in a Sentence

  1. elephants wallowing in the river

  2. Buffalo wallow in mud to keep away flies.

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Origin and Etymology of wallow

Middle English walwen, from Old English wealwian to roll — more at voluble


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wallow

noun

Definition of wallow

1 : an act or instance of wallowing
2 a : a muddy area or one filled with dust used by animals for wallowing
b : a depression formed by or as if by the wallowing of animals
3 : a state of degradation or degeneracy

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First Known Use of wallow

15th century

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WALLOW Defined for English Language Learners

wallow

verb

Definition of wallow for English Language Learners

  • : to spend time experiencing or enjoying something without making any effort to change your situation, feelings, etc.

  • : to roll about in deep mud or water


WALLOW Defined for Kids

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wallow

verb wal·low \ ˈwä-lō \

Definition of wallow for Students

wallowed; wallowing
1 : to roll about in or as if in deep mud
2 : to seem to want to be unhappy

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wallow

noun

Definition of wallow for Students

: a muddy or dust-filled area where animals roll about


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