wallow

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v wallow delight greatly in "wallow in your success!"
    • v wallow devote oneself entirely to something; indulge in to an immoderate degree, usually with pleasure "Wallow in luxury","wallow in your sorrows"
    • v wallow be ecstatic with joy
    • v wallow roll around, "pigs were wallowing in the mud"
    • v wallow rise up as if in waves "smoke billowed up into the sky"
    • n wallow an indolent or clumsy rolling about "a good wallow in the water"
    • n wallow a puddle where animals go to wallow
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Wallow A kind of rolling walk. "One taught the toss, and one the new French wallow ."
    • Wallow A place to which an animal comes to wallow; also, the depression in the ground made by its wallowing; as, a buffalo wallow .
    • Wallow Act of wallowing.
    • Wallow To live in filth or gross vice; to disport one's self in a beastly and unworthy manner. "God sees a man wallowing in his native impurity."
    • Wallow 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. "I may wallow in the lily beds."
    • v. t Wallow To roll; esp., to roll in anything defiling or unclean. "Wallow thyself in ashes."
    • Wallow To wither; to fade.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • wallow To roll; tumble about.
    • wallow To roll the body in sand, mire, water, or other yielding substance.
    • wallow To plunge into some course or condition; dwell with satisfaction in, addict one's self to, or remain in some way of life or habit, especially a sensual or vicious one.
    • wallow To roll.
    • n wallow The act of rolling or tumbling, as in sand or mire.
    • n wallow A rolling gait.
    • n wallow A place to which an animal, as a buffalo, resorts to wallow; also, the traces of its wallowing left in the mire. Some localities called by this name (notably the “hog-wallows” of the San Joaquin Valley, in California) are on too large a scale to have been formed in this way. Their origin has not been satisfactorily explained.
    • n wallow The alder-tree.
    • wallow To fade away; wither; droop.
    • wallow Insipid; tasteless.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Wallow wol′ō to roll about, as in mire: to live in filth or gross vice
    • n Wallow the place an animal wallows in
    • v.i Wallow wol′ō (prov.) to fade away.
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Quotations

  • Kenneth Auchincloss
    Kenneth Auchincloss
    “It is one thing to learn about the past; it is another to wallow in it.”
  • Katherine Mansfield
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    “Make it a rule of life never to regret and never to look back. Regret is an appalling waste of energy; you can't build on it; it's only good for wallowing in.”
  • Katherine Mansfield
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    “Regret is an appalling waste of energy; you can't build on it; it's only good for wallowing in.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. walwen, AS. wealwian,; akin to Goth. walwjan,in comp.) to roll, L. volvere,; cf. Skr. val, to turn. √147. Cf. Voluble Well (n.)

Usage

In literature:

You give up and fairly enjoy wallowing in the trough.
"The Brimming Cup" by Dorothy Canfield Fisher
But Ena and Mubs and Rags and I can wallow as long as we like and have gorgeous breakfasts in our rooms.
"Winnie Childs" by C. N. Williamson
He holds him fast in his sty, but allows him to wallow as much as he pleases in his beloved filth and gluttony.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. I. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
Suppose we go over yonder and wallow under that tree.
"The Colossus" by Opie Read
It was fine to wallow, damming the span of escaping water with my fevered head.
"Lazarre" by Mary Hartwell Catherwood
She watched the dross wallow in the slime, but the sunlight fell on the back of the beggar's neck, and he turned his head.
"Darkwater" by W. E. B. Du Bois
Josephine wallowed in it, but Napoleon adopted and encouraged it more from policy than taste.
"The Tragedy of St. Helena" by Walter Runciman
The sight and sound of him aroused in some people a wild inclination towards unaccustomed profanity and wallowing in the mire.
"Pearl of Pearl Island" by John Oxenham
They revel in camp meetings and fairly wallow in revivals.
"The American Missionary - Vol. 44, No. 3, March, 1890" by Various
Always, inevitably, I returned to my wallow and the gang.
"Tramping on Life" by Harry Kemp
Wilt thou forgive that sin, which I did shun A year or two, but wallowed in a score?
"The Lives of the Most Famous English Poets (1687)" by William Winstanley
In fact, I just wallowed again.
"Captivity" by M. Leonora Eyles
We went wallowing through the drifts towards it, and discovered a house.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Vol. 13, No. 78, April, 1864" by Various
You were so busy wallowing in my hot water that you never heard my protests on the door.
"Punch or the London Charivari, Vol. 158, March 24, 1920." by Various
Had he not felt himself revisited by the warm fires of lust in thinking of this unknown man's pursuit of Ellen and wallowed in it?
"The Judge" by Rebecca West
They wantoned and they wallowed in their perfectly natural gluttony.
"Jan" by A. J. Dawson
He wallows in doves and coy toyings and modest blushes, and bowers and meads.
"Certain Personal Matters" by H. G. Wells
Clear and distinct, not half a cable's length away, wallowed a great black shape.
"McClure's Magazine, Vol. 31, No. 1, May 1908" by Various
Sometimes, as if tired to death, she would wallow languidly for a day in the smooth swell of an unruffled sea.
"The Nigger Of The "Narcissus" A Tale Of The Forecastle" by Joseph Conrad
What filth they had wallowed in!
"The Courage of Marge O'Doone" by James Oliver Curwood
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In poetry:

And Dady Field was sorely done,
And Willie Clow was hurt,
And all that gallant cow-boy band
Lay wallowing in the dirt.
"The Delectable Ballad Of The Waller Lot" by Eugene Field
Dark children of the mere and marsh,
Wallow and waste and lea,
Outcaste they wait at the village gate
With folk of low degree.
"Beast and Man in India" by Rudyard Kipling
My mournfu' e'e an' wallow't cheek
My guid aul' faither saw;
"My bairn," quo' he, "what's come o' Jock?
He ne'er comes here ava'.
"Mary Lee: A Ballad" by Janet Hamilton
I sat and watched the walls of night
With cracks of sudden lightning glow,
And listened while with clumsy might
The thunder wallowed to and fro.
"The Lesson" by James Russell Lowell
"Oh mony a bairn fell frae the breast,
An' lay upon the mither's knee
Like some wee wallow't lily flouir,
Till death would kin'ly close its e'e.
"Grannie's Crack Aboot The Famine In Auld Scotlan' In 1739-40" by Janet Hamilton
Wilt thou forgive that sin which I have won
Others to sin, and made my sin their door?
Wilt thou forgive that sin which I did shun
A year or two, but wallow'd in, a score?
When thou hast done, thou hast not done,
For I have more.
"A Hymn To God The Father" by John Donne

In news:

Officials in northeastern Arizona say more than a week of consistent rain is causing flooding downstream of the Wallow Fire burn area.
Recently I saw a cartoon (by cartoonist Doug Hall) on CHURCHlaughs.com in which the word " wallow " was used.
Outsiders wallow in days of decadence.
The Wallow Fire burned in Eastern Arizona and Western New Mexico from May 29-July 8, 2011.
2 ordered to pay $3.7M for Wallow Fire.
Wallow Fire Costs Hit $30 Million This Week.
Wallow Fire may be preview of things to come, experts say.
Wallow Fire Destroys 22 Homes in Greer Arizona, Moves Closer to NM.
Should convicted Wallow Fire arsonists be punished more.
Stocks Wallow On Jobless Woes.
Obama's Wallow in the Automobile Industry.
FX's 'Dirt': A Wickedly Good Wallow In Hollywood.
While We Wallow in Walmart, Duane Reade Dominates.
Wallowing in Misery for Art's Sake.
Wallowing Again in Mud and Nostalgia.
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In science:

Also, for those who consider all of this as wallowing in minutiae, it should be remembered 40 that if there really is enhancement in such modes, which in Bs decays are ss(cc) systems, then this can imply nonperturbative enhancement of Bs mixing, in particular width-mixing.
CP and B Physics: Progress and Prospects
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