|Origin:||wealwian 'to roll'|
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.
if an animal or person wallows, it rolls around in mud, water etc for pleasure or to keep cool:
hippos wallowing in the mud
if a ship or boat wallows, it moves with difficulty through a rough sea
—wallow noun [countable]