Groundhog Day


Definition of Groundhog Day

1 : February 2 observed traditionally as a day that indicates six more weeks of winter if sunny or an early spring if cloudy
2 or less commonly groundhog day plural Groundhog Days also groundhog days : a situation in which the same usually negative or monotonous experiences occur repeatedly or are felt to occur repeatedly with no change or correction Last month … I wrote all about how this lockdown has stolen my fashion mojo, locking me in a Groundhog Day of joggers and knitted sets.— Penny Goldstone How long before this Groundhog Day cycle of anxiety and illness ends and we can go back to some version of normal?— Michiko Kakutani The reality is that climate negotiations have long been stalled, lost in a Groundhog Day cycle of yearly meetings ending in plans for more meetings.— Ruth Greenspan Bell and Barry Blechman … the unrelenting endless cycle of groundhog days and going nowhere wears thin.— Joan O'Donnell

First Known Use of Groundhog Day

1871, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for Groundhog Day

from the superstition that a groundhog emerging from its burrow returns to hibernate if it sees its shadow on this day; (sense 2) after the film Groundhog Day (1993), with screenplay by Danny Rubin and Harold Ramis, in which the main character is forced to relive the same day (February 2, Groundhog Day) until he learns certain life lessons

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“Groundhog Day.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Oct. 2022.

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