November 03, 2011
wallow (verb)
\WAH-loh\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 : to devote oneself to something pleasurable2 : to become or remain helpless
How do you use it?
He told me, "Quit wallowing in self-pity. Get up, dust yourself off, and keep going."
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"Wallow" has another meaning. What was the original meaning of the verb "wallow"?

You don't need to wallow in regret if you chose B! "Wallow" is an old word that has been in English since the late 9th century and first referred to rolling around lazily in a thick liquid, like mud. It was originally used of animals rolling in dirt or mud, but by the early 1200s, it had gained the connotation of indulging in something that is bad or unhealthy for you. This later sense of being sucked in by something unhealthy gave rise to the sense "to be helpless," which is the one used in our example sentence today.
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