Groundhog Day


Definition of Groundhog Day

: February 2 observed traditionally as a day that indicates six more weeks of winter if sunny or an early spring if cloudy

First Known Use of Groundhog Day

1871, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Groundhog Day

from the legend that a groundhog emerging from its burrow returns to hibernate if it sees its shadow on this day

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“Groundhog Day.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of Groundhog Day

: February 2 observed in the U.S. as a day that indicates whether winter will end soon

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