Adjective "wallowing" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


(chiefly of large mammals) roll about or lie in mud or water, especially to keep cool or avoid biting insects.
  1. 'Those who relish the contradiction of something so bad it's good, will wallow like pigs in clover.'
  2. 'Now all that's left are guns and herds of overweight buffalo wallowing across a subcontinent of syrup.'
  3. 'The next morning I awoke to the bellows, grunts and snorts of a dozen huge elephant seals wallowing on the black beach below the sleeping dongas (cargo containers).'
  4. 'Cape buffalo prefer areas of open pasture, close to jungle and swampy ground where they can wallow.'
  5. 'Not being a sailing vessel, our motor boat rolled and wallowed slowly with every wave.'
  6. 'After nearly an hour we spot the yacht heaved-to, wallowing on the swell.'
  7. 'However, don't think Queen Mary 2 is another clone for the lumbering, simpering, overblown jolly boats wallowing and waddling around the world's sunshine destinations.'
  8. 'The yacht My Dolphin was dismasted and wallowing upon the waves.'
  9. 'The ship wallowed through waves up to 30 feet high in the treacherous Drake's Passage.'
(of a person) indulge in an unrestrained way in (something that one finds pleasurable)
  1. 'he had been wallowing in self-pity'
  2. 'One professes to being nearly there, the other wallows in almost morose reflection that there is considerable effort required yet to haul him from his present fankle.'
  3. 'It is a poorer person still, however, who wallows in ignorance.'
  4. 'She didn't sound impressed - she seems to think that I am wallowing in denial.'
  5. 'She wallows in television, bonding with characters as if they're her friends, while ignoring the sensible advice from her real friends.'
  6. 'The human female wallows in emotion; the male simply endures it.'
  7. 'It torments me as I stroll the course, wallowing in spectacular failure.'
  8. 'Dull, dismal and discarded, he wallows in misery and loathing.'
  9. 'Which means I've got a little less than half and hour left to enjoy wallowing in it.'
  10. 'Tonight the entertainment industry once again wallows in its own importance for the 72nd Annual Academy awards.'
  11. 'You land up wallowing in self piety and gloat over the fact that you have been used and hurt.'


An act of wallowing.
  1. 'But for now, while Brenda is prepared to grin and bare it, I am going to make like the proverbial pig and wallow.'
  2. 'Also, I found that I was doing more interesting things with my time and becoming more of the person that I wanted to be while I watched my old friend just sort of wallow.'
  3. 'I would like to encourage you to take advantage of it, and to warn against impulses to hide, obscure, wallow, or control.'
  4. 'I was in a wallow of worry anyway, and I didn't want to talk.'
  5. 'It's honestly not love, it's obsession and for her to want to hurt my so-called ‘friend’ whilst she lets Simon wallow is just heartless, especially when she was complaining of being hurt when he did it!'
  6. 'My nightly wallow has become such a ritual that I rarely miss it, regardless of where I am or at what time I get in - and if the water is anything less than piping hot, I'd rather go without.'
  7. 'While fans of courtroom drama and reality TV will undoubtedly eat this series up, I can't say that I especially enjoyed this wallow through the smarmy world of crime and punishment.'
  8. 'If I get thumbs down, I'll just wallow somewhere in a drink afterwards.'
  9. 'After watching Darrell Waltrip wallow miserably over the final years of his career, Wallace won't share that fate.'
  10. 'Rory gets buckets of chocolate ice cream, wallows, let's her mom comfort her, cries.'
A depression containing mud or shallow water, formed by the wallowing of large mammals.
  1. 'Only this way will you see if the seat gives you a numb bum in 30 minutes, whether is has enough oomph to do what you need, whether it rides like a dray or wallows like a pregnant porpoise.'
  2. 'He knew that despite Ivo's scrubbing he was still as foul as a pig in a wallow, and yet the knight slept in the same bed with him, and offered him closeness and comfort.'
  3. 'We contemplated having to prusik back up the narrow pitch, should the wallows be impassable, and soon persuaded ourselves to leave it for another day.'
  4. 'The previous morning while we drove through a dust-ridden wallow, we had approached a Maasai Warrior walking barefoot through the grasslands.'
  5. 'At the edge of the wallow, a young brown and white steer was standing knee deep in the muck, calling to his mother, and she was moaning back at him.'
  6. 'Dog managed to get himself muddier than a hippo in its favourite wallow.'
  7. 'The goats forage, trample, and create wallows, scraping away surface material and accelerating soil erosion.'
  8. 'They rode bikes up and down hills, they ran over fields, the kids jumping into mud wallows.'

More definitions

1. to 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; luxuriate; 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. noun

5. an act or instance of wallowing.

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More examples(as adjective)

"beingses can be wallowing."


(wallow)Old English walwian ‘to roll about’, of Germanic origin, from an Indo-European root shared by Latin volvere ‘to roll’.