groundhog

or ground hog

[ground-hog, -hawg]
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noun


Nearby words

  1. groundbreaker,
  2. groundbreaking,
  3. grounded,
  4. grounder,
  5. groundfire,
  6. groundhog day,
  7. grounding,
  8. groundkeeper,
  9. groundless,
  10. groundlessly

Origin of groundhog

An Americanism dating back to 1650–60; ground1 + hog

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British Dictionary definitions for groundhog

groundhog

noun

another name for woodchuck
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for groundhog

groundhog

n.

1784, from ground (n.) + hog (n.). Also known colloquially as a whistlepig, and cf. aardvark. Ground Hog Day first recorded 1871, American English.

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