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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
wal•low /ˈwɑloʊ/USA pronunciation   v. 
    [+ in + object]
  1. Animal Behaviorto roll around, as in mud:The pigs were wallowing in the mud.
  2. to indulge oneself;
    remain in a given state or condition for a long time:to wallow in self-pity.

n. [countable]
  1. an act or instance of wallowing.
  2. a place in which animals wallow.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
wal•low  (wolō),USA pronunciation v.i. 
  1. Animal Behaviorto 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;
    revel:to wallow in luxury; to wallow in sentimentality.
  3. to flounder about;
    move along or proceed clumsily or with difficulty:A gunboat wallowed toward port.
  4. to surge up or billow forth, as smoke or heat:Waves of black smoke wallowed into the room.

  1. an act or instance of wallowing.
  2. a place in which animals wallow:hog wallow; an elephant wallow.
  3. the indentation produced by animals wallowing:a series of wallows across the farmyard.
  • bef. 900; Middle English walwe, Old English wealwian to roll; cognate with Gothic walwjan; akin to Latin volvere
    • 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged swim, bask.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

wallow /ˈwɒləʊ/ vb (intransitive)
  1. (esp of certain animals) to roll about in mud, water, etc, for pleasure
  2. to move about with difficulty
  3. to indulge oneself in possessions, emotion, etc: to wallow in self-pity
  1. the act or an instance of wallowing
  2. a muddy place or depression where animals wallow
Etymology: Old English wealwian to roll (in mud); related to Latin volvere to turn, Greek oulos curly, Russian valun round pebble

ˈwallower n

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