groundhog

noun
ground·hog | \ ˈgrau̇n(d)-ˌhȯg , -ˌhäg \

Definition of groundhog 

Examples of groundhog in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

The video shows the deputy stepping toward the groundhog, which doesn’t back away. Jessica Anderson, baltimoresun.com, "Deputy shoots groundhog in Carroll County, video of incident goes viral," 7 May 2018 There are all kinds of parables about nature fighting back against evil, but nothing has ever been so explicit as House Speaker Paul Ryan’s recent saga with woodchucks (alias groundhog). Caitlin Wolper, Teen Vogue, "House Speaker Paul Ryan Says Woodchucks Destroyed His Car," 13 July 2018 Fortunately, the Milwaukee zoo recently got a new groundhog and his name is Gordy. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Awwww! Milwaukee zoo announces arrival of adorable baby groundhog. And he loves broccoli.," 24 June 2018 Phil's club also steadfastly sticks to the lore centered around the groundhog's age. David Montero, latimes.com, "How do you know it's springtime in Vegas? By waiting for Mojave Max to emerge," 29 Mar. 2018 Think of it as the groundhog’s version of Valentine’s Day. Kelli Bender, PEOPLE.com, "5 Burning (Burrowing?) Questions About Groundhog Day, Answered," 1 Feb. 2018 But perhaps our favorite recent animal report came May 29, when a Stow woman called police to report that she was concerned because a groundhog had been sitting on her front step for most of the day. Emily Sweeney, BostonGlobe.com, "Where the animals own the streets," 22 June 2018 The average groundhog is 20 inches long and normally weighs from 12 to 15 pounds. Leada Gore, AL.com, "Ground Hog Day 2018: Will Punxsutawny Phil see his shadow? How accurate is Phil?," 1 Feb. 2018 Holiday Animals: Learn about animals such as reindeer, bats, owls, turkeys, bunnies and groundhogs with Schlitz Audubon. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Week ahead: Make your own holiday treats, gifts to give and learn about holiday animals," 9 Dec. 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'groundhog.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of groundhog

1741, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about groundhog

Statistics for groundhog

Last Updated

19 Sep 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for groundhog

The first known use of groundhog was in 1741

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for groundhog

groundhog

noun
ground·hog | \ ˈgrau̇nd-ˌhȯg , -ˌhäg \

Kids Definition of groundhog

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on groundhog

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

WORD OF THE DAY

occurring twice a year or every two years

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Name that Food Quiz

True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!