- waller (eye dialect)
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”).
- (intransitive) To roll oneself 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.
- Pigs wallow in the mud.
- I may wallow in the lily beds.
- (intransitive) To immerse oneself in, to occupy oneself with, metaphorically.
- She wallowed in her misery.
- The Simpsons (TV series)
- With Smithers out of the picture I was free to wallow in my own crapulence.
- (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.
- (intransitive) To live in filth or gross vice; to behave in a beastly and unworthy manner.
- God sees a man wallowing in his native impurity.
- (intransitive, Britain, Scotland, dialect) To wither; to fade.
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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wallow (plural wallows)
- An instance of wallowing.
- A pool of water or mud in which animals wallow, or the depression left by them in the ground.
- A kind of rolling walk.