wallow

wallow
/wol"oh/, v.i.
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.
n.
5. an act or instance of wallowing.
6. a place in which animals wallow: hog wallow; an elephant wallow.
7. the indentation produced by animals wallowing: a series of wallows across the farmyard.
[bef. 900; ME walwe, OE wealwian to roll; c. Goth walwjan; akin to L volvere]
Syn. 2. swim, bask.

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