groundswell

[ground-swel]

noun

a broad, deep swell or rolling of the sea, due to a distant storm or gale.
any surge of support, approval, or enthusiasm, especially among the general public: a groundswell of political support for the governor.

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Nearby words

  1. groundside,
  2. groundsill,
  3. groundskeeper,
  4. groundsman,
  5. groundspeed,
  6. groundwater,
  7. groundwood,
  8. groundwood pulp,
  9. groundwork,
  10. group

Origin of groundswell

First recorded in 1810–20; ground1 + swell

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British Dictionary definitions for groundswell

groundswell

noun

a considerable swell of the sea, often caused by a distant storm or earthquake or by the passage of waves into shallow water
a strong public feeling or opinion that is detectable even though not openly expresseda groundswell of discontent
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Word Origin and History for groundswell

groundswell

n.

1818, from ground (n.) + swell (n.). Figurative sense is attested from 1817.

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