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1  —as in:
wallow happily in the mud
Definition to relax — especially of an animal rolling about in mud or shallow water

or more rarely:  a noun describing the mud puddle or indentation in which an animal relaxes or rolls around
  • The pigs wallowed in the large mud puddle.
wallowed = relaxed and perhaps rolled about
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • The hippo wallowed in the muddy water.
  • wallowed = relaxed and perhaps rolled about
  • Of course it was too freaking peaceful to last, right? I mean, there was no way I was going to wallow in serenity for more than two seconds, right?
    James Patterson  --  School's Out - Forever
  • wallow = relax
  • Don't think I'm only a brute in an officer's uniform, wallowing in dirt and drink.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • wallowing = relaxing
  • They wallow in your good chairs and think to themselves, "Hang exertion."
    Joseph Conrad  --  Lord Jim
  • wallow = relax
  • The buffaloes generally keep to the pools and muddy places, where they lie wallowing or basking in the warm mud for hours.
    Rudyard Kipling  --  The Jungle Book
  • wallowing = relaxing
  • People caught hookworms going barefooted in barnyards and hog wallows.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • wallows = mud puddles
  • It was an enormous bottomless trough in which the hogs could swill and wallow.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • wallow = relax
  • Akela and Gray Brother ran to and fro nipping the buffaloes' legs, and though the herd wheeled once to charge up the ravine again, Mowgli managed to turn Rama, and the others followed him to the wallows.
    Rudyard Kipling  --  The Jungle Book
  • wallows = mud puddles
  • Then they sleep and wake and sleep again, and weave little baskets of dried grass and put grasshoppers in them; or catch two praying mantises and make them fight; or string a necklace of red and black jungle nuts; or watch a lizard basking on a rock, or a snake hunting a frog near the wallows.
    Rudyard Kipling  --  The Jungle Book
wallows = mud puddles

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2  —as in:
wallow in self-pity
Definition to indulge in an emotion or situation

(This is often said of something negative such as self-pity when no attempt is made to move beyond it. But it is also sometimes said without connotation just to indicate that someone has a lot of something such as money or luxury.)
  • Don't wallow in your sorrows.
wallow = indulge
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • They upgraded my room and I wallowed in luxury.
  • wallowed = indulged (allowed oneself to enjoy)
  • You're wallowing in your own despair, you fool!
    Elie Wiesel  --  Night
  • wallowing = indulging (in an emotion)
  • All of his life he had squandered his choices, wallowing in revenge and self-pity, keeping himself down.
    Ben Mikaeslen  --  Touching Spirit Bear
  • wallowing = indulging (making no attempt to move beyond the negative feelings)
  • Driving west out of Atlanta, he intended to invent an utterly new life for himself, one in which he would be free to wallow in unfiltered experience.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • wallow = indulge (enjoy spending time)
  • Fools who wear their hearts proudly on their sleeves, who cannot control their emotions, who wallow in sad memories and allow themselves to be provoked so easily — weak people, in other words — they stand no chance against his powers!
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • wallow = indulge
  • But they don't have to go to the courthouse and wallow in it-
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • wallow = indulge (get overly involved)
  • Then he went down on all fours and crawled off, begging them to let him alone, and he rolled himself up in his blanket and wallowed in under the old pine table, still a-begging; and then he went to crying.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • wallowed = indulged in self-pity
  • I wallowed in words. There was no end to them.
    Jerry Spinelli  --  Milkweed
  • wallowed = indulged (excessively enjoyed)
  • I have seen them, Conrade, in the visions of the night—their sainted eyes shed tears for the sins and follies of their brethren, and for the foul and shameful luxury in which they wallow.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
wallow = indulge

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3  —as in:
a wagon wallowed through the mud
Definition to move with difficulty; or perhaps just to move through water or in a rolling/wave-like manner
  • The tractor wallowed through the mud.
wallowed = moved with difficulty
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • We made poor time as we wallowed through the mud.
  • wallowed = moved with difficulty
  • The Ginnie Paul wallowed like the broad-beamed matron she was.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • wallowed = moved with difficulty
  • As the snow softened in the afternoon sun, the hoofs of our yaks punched through the frozen crust, and the beasts wallowed to their bellies.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • wallowed = moved with difficulty
  • The heavy load of supplies caused the skiff to wallow through the waves.
    Ben Mikaeslen  --  Touching Spirit Bear
  • wallow = move with difficulty
  • Audience much amused by shots of a great huge fat man trying to swim away with a helicopter after him, first you saw him wallowing along in the water like a porpoise, then you saw...
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • wallowing = moving with difficulty
  • But the fish did not come. Instead he lay there wallowing now in the seas and the old man pulled the skiff up onto him.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  The Old Man and the Sea
  • wallowing = moving with difficulty (perhaps rolling with the waves, unable to move itself)
  • The wind had risen some and the old vessel wallowed from wave crest to trough with every swell.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • For the past eight days we had fished the shelf of the Equatorial Shallows; a crew of two, casting and pulling nets, wading knee-deep through stinking fish and crunching trilobites, wallowing over every wave, casting and pulling nets, keeping watch, and sleeping like exhausted children during our brief rest periods.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • There seemed to be just as many vehicles wallowing in the mud holes as there had been then, except that there were no Confederate ambulances,
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
wallowing = moving with difficulty

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