wallow
I. intransitive verb Etymology: Middle English walwen, from Old English wealwian to roll — more at voluble Date: before 12th century 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 4. a. 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
>
wallower noun II. noun Date: 15th century 1. an act or instance of wallowing 2. a. 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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  • Wallow — Wal low, n. A kind of rolling walk. [1913 Webster] One taught the toss, and one the new French wallow. Dryden. [1913 Webster] 2. Act of wallowing. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] 3. A place to which an animal comes to wallow; also, the depression in the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Wallow — Wal low, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Wallowed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Wallowing}.] [OE. walwen, AS. wealwian; akin to Goth. walwjan (in comp.) to roll, L. volvere; cf. Skr. val to turn. [root]147. Cf. {Voluble Well}, n.] [1913 Webster] 1. To roll one s self… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • wallow — ► VERB 1) roll about or lie in mud or water. 2) (of a boat or aircraft) roll from side to side. 3) (wallow in) indulge without restraint in (something pleasurable). ► NOUN 1) an act of wallowing. 2) an area of mud or shallow water where mammals… …   English terms dictionary

  • wallow — [wä′lō] vi. [ME walwen < OE wealwian, to roll around < PGmc * walw < IE * wolw < base * wel > WALK] 1. to roll about or lie relaxed, as in mud, dust or water 2. to move heavily and clumsily; roll and pitch, as a ship 3. to live or… …   English World dictionary

  • Wallow — Wal low, v. t. To roll; esp., to roll in anything defiling or unclean. Wallow thyself in ashes. Jer. vi. 26. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Wallow — Hans Wallow (* 25. Dezember 1939 in Göttingen) ist ein deutscher Politiker. 1966 trat er der SPD bei, für die er von 1981 bis 1983 und von 1990 bis 1998 im Bundestag saß. 1998 verzichtete er aufgrund einer schweren Erkrankung auf eine erneute… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • wallow — /wol oh/, v.i. 1. to roll about or lie in water, snow, mud, dust, or the like, as for refreshment: Goats wallowed in the dust. 2. to live self indulgently; luxuriate; revel: to wallow in luxury; to wallow in sentimentality. 3. to flounder about;… …   Universalium

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