Groundhog Day


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

Examples of Groundhog Day in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Phil did not see his shadow on Feb. 2 at Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, part of the annual Groundhog Day tradition celebrated in the U.S. and Canada. Emily Deletter, USA TODAY, 13 May 2024 See how the 'Groundhog Day' star has been styling her iconic curls for more than 40 years Andie MacDowell's hair has been giving us curl envy for decades! Alexandra Schonfeld, Peoplemag, 21 Apr. 2024 The scene was deja vu for the Groundhog Day actor, 73, who also attended last year’s championship game when UConn won the title over San Diego State. Anna Lazarus Caplan, Peoplemag, 9 Apr. 2024 Craig Melvin's 'Groundhog Day' Meteorologist Joke Earns Awkward Laugh from Al Roker The little groundhogs' arrival surprised Punxsutawney Phil and Phyllis' caretakers, who first spotted the newborns on Saturday. Kelli Bender, Peoplemag, 28 Mar. 2024 Before Edge of Tomorrow and Source Code, Run Lola Run brilliantly converted the Groundhog Day formula into an intense, efficient action film. Wesley Stenzel,, 27 Mar. 2024 The borough of Punxsutawney is known for its Groundhog Day celebration held annually on February 2. USA TODAY, 12 Mar. 2024 The Second Chances Wildlife Center shared on social media that their beloved weather-predicting groundhog, Major, died on Groundhog Day. The Courier-Journal, 23 Feb. 2024 Later the Groundhog Club was formed, which hosted both the annual Groundhog Day ceremony and its summertime groundhog hunt. David Montesino, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 2 Feb. 2024

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1852, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Groundhog Day was in 1852

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“Groundhog Day.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

Groundhog Day

: February 2 when according to tradition the groundhog comes out of its burrow and if it sees its shadow and is frightened back underground there will be six more weeks of winter

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