- The definition of a wallow is an act of or spot for rolling about or indulging.
An example of a wallow for a pig is a pit of mud.
- To wallow is defined as to roll in or indulge.
- An example of to wallow is for a pig to roll about in the mud.
- An example of to wallow is to continuously feel bad for one's self and to have self-pity.
A pig wallows in the mud.
- to roll about or lie relaxed, as in mud, dust or water
- to move heavily and clumsily; roll and pitch, as a ship
- to live or indulge oneself to an immoderate degree (in a specified thing, condition, etc.): to wallow in self-pity
- to surge or billow
Origin of wallowMiddle English walwen ; from Old English wealwian, to roll around ; from Proto-Germanic an unverified form walw- ; from Indo-European an unverified form wolw- ; from base an unverified form wel- from source walk
- the act or an instance of wallowing
- ☆ a muddy or dusty place in which animals wallow
- ☆ a pit or depression produced by animals' wallowing
intransitive verbwal·lowed, wal·low·ing, wal·lows
- To roll the body about or lie relaxed in water or mud.
- To indulge oneself to a great degree in something: wallow in self-righteousness.
- To be plentifully supplied: wallowing in money.
- To move with difficulty in a clumsy or rolling manner; flounder: “The car wallowed back through the slush, with ribbons of bright water trickling down the windshield from the roof” (Anne Tyler).
- The act or an instance of wallowing.
- a. A pool of water or mud where animals go to wallow.b. The depression, pool, or pit produced by wallowing animals.
Origin of wallowMiddle English walowen, from Old English wealwian; see wel-2 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present wallows, present participle wallowing, simple past and past participle wallowed)
- (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.
- (intransitive) To immerse oneself in, to occupy oneself with, metaphorically.
- She wallowed in her misery.
- (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.
- (intransitive, UK, 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.