from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To roll the body about indolently or clumsily in or as if in water, snow, or mud.
- intransitive v. To luxuriate; revel: wallow in self-righteousness.
- intransitive v. To be plentifully supplied: wallowing in money.
- intransitive v. To move with difficulty in a clumsy or rolling manner; flounder: "The car wallowed back through the slush, with ribbons of bright water trickling down the windshield from the roof” ( Anne Tyler).
- intransitive v. To swell or surge forth; billow.
- n. The act or an instance of wallowing.
- n. A pool of water or mud where animals go to wallow.
- n. The depression, pool, or pit produced by wallowing animals.
- n. A condition of degradation or baseness.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To roll one's self about, as in mire; to tumble and roll about; to move lazily or heavily in any medium; to flounder; as, swine wallow in the mire.
- v. To immerse oneself in, to occupy oneself with, metaphorically.
- v. To roll; especially, to roll in anything defiling or unclean, as a hog might do to dust its body to relieve the distress of insect biting or cool its body with mud.
- v. To live in filth or gross vice; to disport one's self in a beastly and unworthy manner.
- v. To wither; to fade.
- n. An instance of wallowing.
- n. A pool of water or mud in which animals wallow.
- n. A kind of rolling walk.
- adj. Tasteless, flat.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To roll one's self about, as in mire; to tumble and roll about; to move lazily or heavily in any medium; to flounder.
- intransitive v. To live in filth or gross vice; to disport one's self in a beastly and unworthy manner.
- intransitive v. To wither; to fade.
- transitive v. To roll; esp., to roll in anything defiling or unclean.
- n. A kind of rolling walk.
- n. Act of wallowing.
- n. A place to which an animal comes to wallow; also, the depression in the ground made by its wallowing.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To roll; tumble about.
- To roll the body in sand, mire, water, or other yielding substance.
- To plunge into some course or condition; dwell with satisfaction in, addict one's self to, or remain in some way of life or habit, especially a sensual or vicious one.
- To roll.
- n. The act of rolling or tumbling, as in sand or mire.
- n. A rolling gait.
- n. A place to which an animal, as a buffalo, resorts to wallow; also, the traces of its wallowing left in the mire.
- n. The alder-tree.
- To fade away; wither; droop.
- Insipid; tasteless.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. rise up as if in waves
- v. delight greatly in
- v. devote oneself entirely to something; indulge in to an immoderate degree, usually with pleasure
- n. an indolent or clumsy rolling about
- n. a puddle where animals go to wallow
- v. roll around,
- v. be ecstatic with joy
Middle English walowen, from Old English wealwian; see wel-2 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English wealwian, from Proto-Germanic *walwōnan. (Wiktionary)
(From inflected forms of) Old English wealġ, from Proto-Germanic *walwo-. Cognate with dialectal Norwegian valg ("tasteless"). Compare waugh. (Wiktionary)