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[woo d-chuhk] /ˈwʊdˌtʃʌk/
a stocky North American burrowing rodent, Marmota monax, that hibernates in the winter.
Also called chuck, groundhog.
Origin of woodchuck
1665-75, Americanism; presumably a reshaping by folk etymology of a word in a Southern New England Algonquian language; compare Narragansett (E spelling) ockqutchaun woodchuck Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • He could hardly have expected Mrs. woodchuck to come out and invite him to enter her house.

    The Tale of Old Dog Spot Arthur Scott Bailey
  • To me the daisy, the mountain stream, the woodchuck 82 and my Art!

    Iole Robert W. Chambers
  • The woodchuck of North America retains his coat of dark-brown fur throughout the long, cold winters.

  • And as soon as they had passed on Mrs. woodchuck remarked what a busybody he was.

    The Tale of the The Muley Cow Arthur Scott Bailey
  • And Mrs. woodchuck led the way to an old empty house, where her grandmother had once lived.

    The Tale of Billy Woodchuck Arthur Scott Bailey
  • He had never seen a woodchuck, but there was a picture of one in his animal-book.

    The Doers William John Hopkins
  • "He don't mind me no more'n a woodchuck would," said Abner—then his eyes fell on Quincy, who rose to greet him.

  • In that way he held him off and shook him as you've seen our dog shake a woodchuck.

  • Now and then he may pick up a bird or a rabbit or a woodchuck, but his main dependence is these animals here in the mountains.

    Jack the Young Explorer George Bird Grinnell
  • Every woodchuck den was just packed with Brownies within a few minutes.

    Woodland Tales Ernest Seton-Thompson
British Dictionary definitions for woodchuck


a North American marmot, Marmota monax, having coarse reddish-brown fur Also called groundhog
Word Origin
C17: by folk etymology from Cree otcheck fisher, marten
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for woodchuck

1670s, alteration (influenced by wood (n.)) of Cree (Algonquian) otchek or Ojibwa otchig, "marten," the name subsequently transferred to the groundhog.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for woodchuck



cracker, redneck (1980s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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