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wallow Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun a puddle where animals go to wallow
  2. noun an indolent or clumsy rolling about
    • a good wallow in the water
  3. verb devote oneself entirely to something; indulge in to an immoderate degree, usually with pleasure
    • Wallow in luxury
    • wallow in your sorrows
  4. verb roll around, "pigs were wallowing in the mud"
  5. verb rise up as if in waves
    • smoke billowed up into the sky
  6. verb be ecstatic with joy
    rejoice; triumph.
  7. verb delight greatly in
    • wallow in your success!

Wal"low intransitive verb
OE. walwen, AS. wealwian; akin to Goth. walwjan (in comp.) to roll, L. volvere; cf. Skr. val to turn. *147. Cf. Voluble Well, n.
imperfect & past participle Wallowed ; present participle & verbal noun Wallowing
  1. 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.
    I may wallow in the lily beds. Shak.
  2. To live in filth or gross vice; to disport one's self in a beastly and unworthy manner.
    God sees a man wallowing in his native impurity. South.
  3. To wither; to fade. Prov. Eng. & Scot.
Wal"low transitive verb
  1. To roll; esp., to roll in anything defiling or unclean. "Wallow thyself in ashes." Jer. vi. 26.
Wal"low noun
  1. A kind of rolling walk.
    One taught the toss, and one the new French wallow. Dryden.

Webster 1913

"Rowling never met an adverb she didn't like."

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