wal·​low | \ ˈwä-(ˌ)lō How to pronounce wallow (audio) \
wallowed; wallowing; wallows

Definition of wallow

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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
4a : 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



Definition of wallow (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an act or instance of wallowing
2a : 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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wallower \ ˈwä-​lə-​wər How to pronounce wallow (audio) \ noun

Examples of wallow in a Sentence

Verb elephants wallowing in the river Buffalo wallow in mud to keep away flies.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb However, the softer suspension tuning does make the RAV4 TRD wallow a bit in the course of on-road driving, and that feeling is especially apparent when taking any sort of corner. Maxwell B. Mortimer, Car and Driver, 15 July 2021 Instead of letting Vysocky wallow, his best friend confronted him. Ann W. Schmidt, Fox News, 7 July 2021 And after a sizzling 6-3 start last season only to wallow to an 8-8 finish, Murray is in no mood for that sort of history to repeat itself. Bob Mcmanaman, The Arizona Republic, 12 June 2021 Porter says the purpose of the film isn't to wallow in past suffering, but to understand its origins. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, 29 May 2021 Cooped up at home, unable to go to work, to school or to an in-person worship service, many people were often left to wallow in unresolved emotions. San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 Apr. 2021 The challenge is to take that low and turn it around to a high or else wallow in the adverse effects. Maria Minor, Forbes, 7 Apr. 2021 This faction believes Amazon customers should wallow in their guilt and mend their purchasing ways, not aim for a lazy win-win. Eric Zorn, chicagotribune.com, 30 Apr. 2021 The script lays bare every issue, leaving no feeling or thought or past transgression unspoken, as Molly and Deb play the blame game and wallow in their own shame, unwilling to trust each other or themselves. Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times, 30 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The area is very secluded and bulls like to go to the meadow for a big drink and a refreshing splash in the wallow during midday, while their harem is sleeping off a night of debauchery. Outdoor Life, 10 Dec. 2020 The Ghost's pillowy initial response to a bump feels as if it will be followed by the wallow of a '60s land yacht, but the air springs and adaptive dampers arrest the seemingly inevitable counter heave. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, 23 Sep. 2020 Sometimes, when all lighter diversions have failed, what a person who’s been in confinement needs is a wallow in the pitch-black mud. Ben Brantley, New York Times, 31 May 2020 In Seoul, a shuttered restaurant wallows in an ordinarily bustling market. Washington Post, 24 Mar. 2020 The hogs cause erosion and create wallows that collect water and serve as breeding areas for mosquitoes, Aplaca said. John Delapp, Houston Chronicle, 5 Feb. 2020 These depressions can provide a habitat for ground-nesting birds and insects, and spring rains can fill the wallows with water, creating temporary ponds that are home to frogs and other amphibians. Mark Tutton, CNN, 25 Nov. 2019 One wakes up in the morning, wallows in grievance, and proceeds to spend the day railing against the evils of privilege. Sahil Handa, National Review, 4 July 2019 The updated exhibit will feature mud wallows, grasses, pools, streams and naturalistic trees. Carol Motsinger, Cincinnati.com, 7 June 2018

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First Known Use of wallow


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for wallow


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

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“Wallow.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wallow. Accessed 24 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of wallow

: 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


wal·​low | \ ˈwä-lō How to pronounce wallow (audio) \
wallowed; wallowing

Kids Definition of wallow

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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



Kids Definition of wallow (Entry 2 of 2)

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


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