American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To roll the body about indolently or clumsily in or as if in water, snow, or mud.
- v. To luxuriate; revel: wallow in self-righteousness.
- v. To be plentifully supplied: wallowing in money.
- 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).
- 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.
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. Some localities called by this name (notably the “hog-wallows” of the San Joaquin Valley, in California) are on too large a scale to have been formed in this way. Their origin has not been satisfactorily explained.
- n. The alder-tree.
- To fade away; wither; droop.
- Insipid; tasteless.
- v. intransitive 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. intransitive To immerse oneself in, to occupy oneself with, metaphorically.
- v. intransitive 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. intransitive To live in filth or gross vice; to disport one's self in a beastly and unworthy manner.
- v. intransitive 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. now dialectal Tasteless, flat.
GNU Webster's 1913
- 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.
- v. To live in filth or gross vice; to disport one's self in a beastly and unworthy manner.
- v. Prov. Eng. & Scot. To wither; to fade.
- 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.
- 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
- (From inflected forms of) Old English wealġ, from Proto-Germanic *walwo-. Cognate with dialectal Norwegian valg ("tasteless"). Compare waugh. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English walowen, from Old English wealwian; see wel-2 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“I think a wallow is good for the soul on occasion.”
“Later on, he was wont to say that this poverty had been the best possible thing for him, its enforced abstinences having come just at the time when he had begun to "wallow" -- his word for any sort of excess; and "wallowing" was undoubtedly a peril to which Norbert's temper particularly exposed him.”
“If you’ve ever heard Bill Maher speak on the subject of religion, you know my views. hopefully you agree with him. but you can always help yourself. just dont lay there in wallow in your pity and the need for sympathy from others.”
“And then, for a short story I fix my eye on the end point and let the rest happen; for a novel I kind of wallow, and try to keep the process playful and not-a-chore and not close off too many possibilities.”
“SHIRK: You can choose to wallow around in self pity and say this sucks, I don't really like it and just kind of wallow around in it, or you can sit there and say, look, this is the reality; how am I going to make the best of it?”
“Confess to absolutely wallowing if a tv-less person can be said to "wallow" in the selfish pleasure of taking one day off from the total dread that is Iraq.”
“We reached a kind of wallow, a muddy bayou filled with weed.”
“Before the haymaking machines and horse-rakes came into vogue, it was not uncommon to see as many as twenty women following each other in _échelon_, turning a "wallow," or shaking up the green swathes left by the mowers.”
“Dick had just reached the "wallow" referred to by Joe Blunt, and had reined up his steed to observe it leisurely, when a faint hissing sound reached his ear.”
“The air, too, was close and oppressive as the breath of an oven; while the surface of the sea was unusually agitated, the run seeming to come from all points of the compass at once, and to meet under the ship, causing her to "wallow" so awkwardly that the water tumbled in over her rail in all directions, now forward, now aft, and anon in the waist, and on either side with the utmost impartiality.”
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