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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
  • 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 frogs had gone to their wallows; the salamanders slept in brown holes.
    Madeline Miller  --  Circe
  • wallows = mud puddles
  • 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
  • Outside, the building was picturesque; inside, Phil wrote, it looked "like a dozen dirty Missouri pigs have been wallowing on it."
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • wallowing = rolling around in the mud
  • Ah'm plumb wore out and hungry as a wallow-hog.
    Delia Owens  --  Where the Crawdads Sing
  • wallow = related to a mud puddle that animals relax in
  • People caught hookworms going barefooted in barnyards and hog wallows.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
wallows = mud puddles

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2  —as in:
wallow in self-pity
Definition to excessively give into a desire (indulge)

(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 is enjoying a lot of something such as luxury or rest.)
  • Don't wallow in your sorrows.
wallow = indulge
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • They upgraded my room and I wallowed in luxury.
  • wallowed = indulged
  • Don't wallow in your insecurities. Overcome them.
  • wallow = indulge
  • 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)
  • Often, we wallow too much in ghamkhori and self-pity.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • wallow = indulge
  • You didn't wallow in your own filth and self-pity, you didn't pollute your own mind by sitting in front of the TV set all day and night, you didn't snarl and snap at people.
    Daniel Keyes  --  Flowers for Algernon — Novel
wallow = indulge in an emotion or situation

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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
  • They maneuvered even closer until the boat wallowed next to Tate, sloshing water up his thighs.
    Delia Owens  --  Where the Crawdads Sing
  • wallowed = rolled up and down on the waves
  • The rudder is slow and unreliable, the sail too short and the mast too long. It wallows like a cow in any surge.
    Madeline Miller  --  Circe
  • wallows = moves 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)
  • He dropped the net at his feet, left the boat wallowing against the pier, and walked directly to the courthouse.
    Delia Owens  --  Where the Crawdads Sing
wallowing = rolling up and down from waves

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