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[woo d-chuhk] /ˈwʊdˌtʃʌk/
a stocky North American burrowing rodent, Marmota monax, that hibernates in the winter.
Also called chuck, groundhog.
Origin of woodchuck
1665-75, Americanism; presumably a reshaping by folk etymology of a word in a Southern New England Algonquian language; compare Narragansett (E spelling) ockqutchaun woodchuck Unabridged
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Examples from the web for woodchuck
  • The woodchuck sleeps in his burrow, with never a whimper, and the hound dog bays the white-circled moon.
  • Moles and a woodchuck wreak havoc with the blossoms in the garden.
  • True hibernators do get up every few weeks to nibble on food, and in the case of the woodchuck, use an underground toilet room.
  • Brush piles, thickets, and abandoned woodchuck burrows are used for cover.
British Dictionary definitions for woodchuck


a North American marmot, Marmota monax, having coarse reddish-brown fur Also called groundhog
Word Origin
C17: by folk etymology from Cree otcheck fisher, marten
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Word Origin and History for woodchuck

1670s, alteration (influenced by wood (n.)) of Cree (Algonquian) otchek or Ojibwa otchig, "marten," the name subsequently transferred to the groundhog.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for woodchuck

wood 1


A white person; peckerwood, redneck: just because they find some cum in that wood's ass

[1970s+ Black; fr a shortening of peckerwood]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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