What does wallow mean?

Definitions for wallow
ˈwɒl oʊwal·low

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. wallownoun

    a puddle where animals go to wallow

  2. wallowverb

    an indolent or clumsy rolling about

    "a good wallow in the water"

  3. wallowverb

    devote oneself entirely to something; indulge in to an immoderate degree, usually with pleasure

    "Wallow in luxury"; "wallow in your sorrows"

  4. wallow, welterverb

    roll around, "pigs were wallowing in the mud"

  5. billow, wallowverb

    rise up as if in waves

    "smoke billowed up into the sky"

  6. wallow, rejoice, triumphverb

    be ecstatic with joy

  7. wallowverb

    delight greatly in

    "wallow in your success!"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. A Wallownoun

    A kind of rolling walk.

    Etymology: from the verb.

    One taught the toss, and one the French new wallow;
    His sword-knot this, his cravat that design’d. Dryden.

  2. To WALLOWverb

    Etymology: walugan, Gothick; walwian , Saxon.

    Part, huge of bulk!
    Wallowing unwieldy, enormous in their gait,
    Tempest the ocean. John Milton, Par. Lost, b. vii.

    Gird thee with sackcloth, and wallow thyself in ashes. Jer. vi.

    Dead bodies, in all places of the camp, wallowed in their own blood. Richard Knolles, Hist. of the Turks.

    A boar was wallowing in the water, when a horse was going to drink. Roger L'Estrange.

    God sees a man wallowing in his native impurity, delivered over as an absolute captive to sin, polluted with its guilt, and enslaved by its power; and in this most loathsome condition, fixes upon him as an object of his distinguishing mercy. South.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Wallownoun

    to roll one's self 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

  2. Wallownoun

    to live in filth or gross vice; to disport one's self in a beastly and unworthy manner

  3. Wallownoun

    to wither; to fade

  4. Wallowverb

    to roll; esp., to roll in anything defiling or unclean

  5. Wallownoun

    a kind of rolling walk

  6. Etymology: [OE. walwen, AS. wealwian; akin to Goth. walwjan (in comp.) to roll, L. volvere; cf. Skr. val to turn. 147. Cf. Voluble Well, n.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Wallow

    wol′ō, v.i. to roll about, as in mire: to live in filth or gross vice.—n. the place an animal wallows in.—n. Wall′ower. [A.S. wealwian—L. volvĕre.]

  2. Wallow

    wol′ō, v.i. (prov.) to fade away.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of wallow in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of wallow in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of wallow in a Sentence

  1. Richard Nixon:

    There are these and other great causes that we were elected overwhelmingly to carry forward in November of 1972. And what we were elected to do, we are going to do, and let others wallow in Watergate, we are going to do our job.

  2. Scott C. Holstad:

    seeing is believing they say and if boundaries are limitless are we? or is existence twofold and doomed before the sights are set and if so does God really weep for humanity and must we continue to seek sustenance through escapism and do sporting events in all their microcosmic glory refute the tenets of nihilism or should we simply accept and wallow in our ignorance unbearable lightness of being creatures who feelwhat -- I don’t know

  3. Francis de Sales:

    It is the mark of a mean, vulgar and ignoble spirit to dwell on the thought of food before meal times or worse to dwell on it afterwards, to discuss it and wallow in the remembered pleasures of every mouthful. Those whose minds dwell before dinner on the spit, and after on the dishes, are fit only to be scullions.

  4. Eric Adams:

    When a mayor has swagger, New York City has swagger, we've allowed people to beat us down so much that all we did was wallow in Covid -- New York City's all we did -- and we no longer believe this is a city of swagger, this is a city of resiliency. ... We're going to survive.

  5. Meghan Markle:

    I know that for many women right now, there is a sentiment of despair, but again, we have to band together and not wallow. We have to do the work. This moment requires unity – really listening to people, understanding the Constitution was written at a time when women were second-class citizens. We’re not. Certain things need to change.

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