wallow

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English walowen, walewen, walwen, welwen, from Old English wealwian(to wallow, roll), from Proto-Germanic *walwijaną(to roll), from Proto-Indo-European *welw-(to turn, wind, roll).

Verb[edit]

wallow ‎(third-person singular simple present wallows, present participle wallowing, simple past and past participle wallowed)

  1. (intransitive) To roll oneself about in something dirty, for example in mud
    Pigs wallow in the mud.
    • Shakespeare:
      I may wallow in the lily beds.
  2. to move lazily or heavily in any medium; to flounder
  3. (intransitive) To immerse oneself in, to occupy oneself with, metaphorically.
    She wallowed in her misery.
  4. (intransitive) To live or exist in filth or in a sickening manner.
    • South
      God sees a man wallowing in his native impurity.
    • 1895, The Review of Reviews (volume 11, page 215)
      The floors are at times inches deep with dirt and scraps of clothing. The whole place wallows with putrefaction. In some of the rooms it would seem that there had not been a breath of fresh air for five years.
  5. (intransitive, Britain, Scotland, dialect) To wither; to fade.
Usage notes[edit]

In the sense of “to immerse oneself in, to occupy oneself with”, it is almost exclusively used for self-indulgent negative emotions, particularly self-pity. See synonyms for general or positive alternatives, such as revel.

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Noun[edit]

wallow ‎(plural wallows)

  1. An instance of wallowing.
  2. A pool of water or mud in which animals wallow, or the depression left by them in the ground.
  3. A kind of rolling walk.
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Etymology 2[edit]

(From inflected forms of) Old English wealġ, from Proto-Germanic *walwo-. Cognate with Dutch walg(disgust), dialectal Norwegian valg(tasteless). Compare waugh.

Adjective[edit]

wallow ‎(comparative more wallow, superlative most wallow)

  1. (now dialectal) Tasteless, flat.