intr.v. wal·lowed, wal·low·ing, wal·lows
1. To roll the body about or lie relaxed in water or mud.
2. To indulge oneself to a great degree in something: wallow in self-righteousness.
3. To be plentifully supplied: wallowing in money.
4. To move with difficulty in a clumsy or rolling manner; flounder: "The car wallowed back through the slush, with ribbons of bright water trickling down the windshield from the roof" (Anne Tyler).
1. The act or an instance of wallowing.
a. A pool of water or mud where animals go to wallow.
b. The depression, pool, or pit produced by wallowing animals.
[Middle English walowen, from Old English wealwian; see wel-2 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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