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

The result is a novel that takes on power-hungry patriarchs, corrupt businessmen and spiritually bankrupt institutions without wallowing in violence or trafficking in tough-guy misogyny. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: San Diego has a dark role in a new noir novel by Patrick Coleman," 12 Aug. 2019 As Victoria wallowed in a new puddle of mud, her son lingered nearby. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Artificially Conceived Southern White Rhino Offers Hope for Critically Endangered Cousin," 1 Aug. 2019 Nickel is a brutal place, but Colson never lets the reader wallow in its brutality. Constance Grady, Vox, "Colson Whitehead’s spare, riveting, horrifying Nickel Boys," 18 July 2019 Light visitation along with their locations off main roads make these secluded alcoves excellent places to view the myriad critters that come to their shores to drink and wallow. Mare Czinar, azcentral, "Fun summer hikes in Arizona: These hidden little lakes attract wildlife, hikers and anglers," 5 July 2019 One commander, Haitham Tajouri, drew attention by posting photos to Facebook flaunting his lavish lifestyle — foreign vacations, designer suits and an armored SUV — at a time when many Libyans were wallowing in economic hardship. Suliman Ali Zway, The Seattle Times, "In Libya, Facebook is used to buy arms, locate foes and kill them," 3 Sep. 2018 One swallow doesn’t wallow in mud till a pig in a poke takes flight. Paul Muldoon, The New Yorker, "Position Paper," 2 Sep. 2019 Not to wallow, or gnash my teeth, or cry woe and sadness about the whole situation. SI.com, "Bury FC Is Functionally Dead. What Next?," 28 Aug. 2019 And given that these animals wallow in bacteria-laden sediments on the ocean bottom, such antibacterial properties likely come in very handy. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "This shark glows using a process previously unknown to science," 8 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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wallow

verb

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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