Definition of wallow in English:


Syllabification: wal·low
Pronunciation: /ˈwälō


[no object]
  • 1(Chiefly of large mammals) roll about or lie relaxed in mud or water, especially to keep cool, avoid biting insects, or spread scent: watering places where buffalo liked to wallow
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    • There was the engine, sparkling clean and just waiting to purr like a kitten, but the rest of the boat looked like a greased pig had wallowed up and down the route to the engine compartment many times.
    • When the giant waves struck the coast of Kenya, Owen was wallowing with his herd in the ocean near the mouth of the Sabaki River.
    • Cape buffalo prefer areas of open pasture, close to jungle and swampy ground where they can wallow.
    loll about/around, roll about/around, lie about/around, splash about/around; slosh, wade, paddle
    informal splosh
  • 1.1(Of a boat or aircraft) roll from side to side: the small jet wallowed in the sky
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    • However, don't think Queen Mary 2 is another clone for the lumbering, simpering, overblown jolly boats wallowing and waddling around the world's sunshine destinations.
    • Video showed the aircraft wallowing through the air at a very low speed - it must be remembered that the landing gear was down.
    • The ship wallowed through waves up to 30 feet high in the treacherous Drake's Passage.
    roll, lurch, toss, plunge, pitch, reel, rock, flounder, keel, list; labor
  • 2 (wallow in) (Of a person) indulge in an unrestrained way in (something that creates a pleasurable sensation): I was wallowing in the luxury of the hotel he had been wallowing in self-pity
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    • If he'd indulged and relished them and wallowed in them and had wilful malice in what he did… but he was always trying not to be as nasty as he could be.
    • I know he wallows in indulgent individualistic angst.
    • This, he reckons, is a bitter pill for Scots who quite enjoy wallowing in a perceived anti-Scottish backlash.
    luxuriate, bask, take pleasure, take satisfaction, indulge (oneself), delight, revel, glory; enjoy, like, love, relish, savor
    informal get a kick out of, get off on


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  • 1An act of wallowing: a wallow in nostalgia
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    • But the music is often painfully beautiful, especially the love song Marie and the emotional wallow of Guilty, and Newman's craftsmanship is consistently staggering.
    • The animal-impulse of Miniature Golf rivalry can end in the victorious wallow of gratification or the blaze-of-glory, club-throwing tanty.
    • My nightly wallow has become such a ritual that I rarely miss it, regardless of where I am or at what time I get in - and if the water is anything less than piping hot, I'd rather go without.
  • 2An area of mud or shallow water where mammals go to wallow, typically developing into a depression in the ground over long use.
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    • They are great diggers of wallows and water-holes and they help other animals to access water.
    • We often observed confused babirusas searching for lost wallows and pangi trees, and each day saw babirusa skulls lying in the clear streams - remains of the logging team's meal the previous evening.
    • Subdominant males form separate bachelor groups often in isolated ponds or wallows.



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  • Liverpudlians are wallowers in self pity and they love nothing more than to hold a grudge.
  • As a confirmed wallower in that scandal, I've always believed that Nixon either ordered the break-in or gave a non-specific order that that kind of thing be done.
  • Egon looks and sounds like the classic blond beast, but is in fact a decent fellow, born long after the war, who is neither a Holocaust denier nor a wallower in guilt.


Old English walwian 'to roll around', of Germanic origin, from an Indo-European root shared by Latin volvere 'to roll'.

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