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Topic: ANIMALS

Language: Old English
Origin: wealwian 'to roll'

wallow

verb
     
wal‧low [intransitive]
1

wallow in self-pity/despair/defeat etc

to seem to enjoy being sad etc, especially because you get sympathy from other people - used to show disapproval:
He'd been feeling sorry for himself, wallowing in self-pity.
2HBA if an animal or person wallows, it rolls around in mud, water etc for pleasure or to keep cool:
hippos wallowing in the mud
3TTW if a ship or boat wallows, it moves with difficulty through a rough sea
wallow noun [countable]
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