wallow

verb
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

wallow

noun

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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Other Words from wallow

Verb

wallower \ ˈwä-​lə-​wər How to pronounce wallower (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 Before they were reduced to near-extinction, bison shaped prairie habitats and landscapes through wallowing, pounding and grazing. H. Resit Akcakaya, The Conversation, "How do we know when a species at risk has recovered? It’s not just a matter of numbers," 7 Nov. 2019 The Nuggets might not be wallowing at 3-2 if Thursday night’s transition defense was the only issue. Mike Singer, The Denver Post, "Nuggets coach Michael Malone after “embarrassing” loss to Pelicans: “Show me that you care”," 1 Nov. 2019 At least 50 adult hippos wallow happily in the Magdalena river, 18km (11 miles) from Hacienda Nápoles. The Economist, "How to handle Colombia’s narco-hippos," 24 Oct. 2019 Top Indian leaders, though, are wallowing in their own world of magic realism. Shivam Vij, Quartz India, "Indians are watching movies to escape the economic slowdown—so is the Modi government," 14 Oct. 2019 DJ Plunkett quietly wallows in self-pity as lovelorn Munchkin Boq, well matched with the melancholy Amanda Fallon Smith as Elphaba’s sister in a wheelchair, Nessarose. Sam Hurwitt, The Mercury News, "Review: Back in Bay Area, ‘Wicked’ is a stirring ode to resistance," 16 Aug. 2019 The most compelling action hero this summer is wallowing in carnage in Central Park, mowing down multitudes with nothing but a naked sword and a whole lot of testosterone. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Review: An Electrifying ‘Coriolanus,’ Addicted to War," 5 Aug. 2019 While Spago strives to keep reinventing itself through the decades, Chinois on Main and its Asian-fusion menu wallow in the past. Patricia Escárcega, latimes.com, "Beyond Spago, exploring Wolfgang Puck’s L.A. empire at Cut and Chinois on Main," 27 June 2019 If that team continues to show up in the games ahead, the Gophers likely will wallow in mediocrity and Fleck will be looked upon as football’s version of Monson. Bob Sansevere, Twin Cities, "Bob Sansevere: Gophers’ aspirations and expectations survive, barely," 29 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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, "What Conservatives Get Wrong about the Campus Wars," 4 July 2019 The updated exhibit will feature mud wallows, grasses, pools, streams and naturalistic trees. Carol Motsinger, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati Zoo just got a $50 million gift. But it's just the beginning of a big plan," 7 June 2018 The prospect of another long wallow in the misery of Harry Hope's saloon should give even the most intrepid theatergoer pause. Charles Mcnulty, latimes.com, "A revelatory Denzel Washington in 'The Iceman Cometh'," 10 May 2018 Feral hogs, descendants of domestic pigs, also rip up wetlands, turning them into muddy wallows. Jennifer Larino, NOLA.com, "Army Corps starting levee patrols as Mississippi River rises," 26 Feb. 2018 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, "What Conservatives Get Wrong about the Campus Wars," 4 July 2019 The baby elephant, nicknamed Happy, was trying to reach the wallow for a drink and a swim with his family. Richie Hertzberg, National Geographic, "This Baby Elephant Might Be Feeling 'Awkward'," 7 June 2018 The updated exhibit will feature mud wallows, grasses, pools, streams and naturalistic trees. Carol Motsinger, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati Zoo just got a $50 million gift. But it's just the beginning of a big plan," 7 June 2018 The prospect of another long wallow in the misery of Harry Hope's saloon should give even the most intrepid theatergoer pause. Charles Mcnulty, latimes.com, "A revelatory Denzel Washington in 'The Iceman Cometh'," 10 May 2018

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First Known Use of wallow

Verb

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

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for wallow

Verb

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

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The first known use of wallow was before the 12th century

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Last Updated

15 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Wallow.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wallowing. Accessed 21 November 2019.

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More Definitions for wallow

wallow

verb
How to pronounce wallow (audio)

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

wallow

verb
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

wallow

noun

Kids Definition of wallow (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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