Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

groundswell

play
noun ground·swell \ˈgrau̇nd-ˌswel\

Simple Definition of groundswell

  • : a fast increase in the amount of public support for something (such as a political cause or candidate)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of groundswell

  1. 1 usually ground swell :  a broad deep undulation of the ocean caused by an often distant gale or seismic disturbance

  2. 2 :  a rapid spontaneous growth (as of political opinion) <a groundswell of support>

1786

First Known Use of groundswell

1786


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up groundswell? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to make consistent or congruous

Get Word of the Day daily email!