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a. A person or animal that digs: a digger of gardens; a digger for information.
b. A tool or machine used for digging or excavating.
2. often Digger Informal
a. A soldier from Australia in World War I and World War II.
b. A soldier from New Zealand in World War I.
3. also Digger , or Digger Indian Offensive Used as a disparaging term, especially in the 1800s, for a member of any of various Native American peoples of the Great Basin, such as the Utes, Paiutes, and Western Shoshones.
4. Chiefly New England A fall: slipped on the icy sidewalk and took a digger.

[Sense 3, from their use of digging sticks as foraging tools.]


1. a person, animal, or machine that digs
2. (Mining & Quarrying) a miner, esp one who digs for gold
3. (Tools) a tool or part of a machine used for excavation, esp a mechanical digger fitted with a head for digging trenches


1. (Military) (sometimes not capital) archaic slang
a. an Australian or New Zealander, esp a soldier: often used as a term of address
b. (as modifier): a Digger accent.
2. one of a number of tribes of America whose diet was largely composed of roots dug out of the ground


(ˈdɪg ər)

1. a person or an animal that digs.
2. a tool, part of a machine, etc., for digging.
3. (cap.) Also called Dig′ger In′dian.Usually Disparaging. a member of any of a number of American Indian peoples, esp. of the Great Basin, California, and the Southwest, who dug roots for food.
4. an Australian or New Zealand soldier of World War I or II.
usage: Definition 3 is used today only in historical contexts, usually with disparaging intent.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.digger - a laborer who digsdigger - a laborer who digs      
ditch digger, mud digger - a laborer who digs ditches
laborer, labourer, manual laborer, jack - someone who works with their hands; someone engaged in manual labor
trencher - someone who digs trenches
2.digger - a machine for excavatingdigger - a machine for excavating    
backhoe - an excavator whose shovel bucket is attached to a hinged boom and is drawn backward to move earth
dredge - a power shovel to remove material from a channel or riverbed
machine - any mechanical or electrical device that transmits or modifies energy to perform or assist in the performance of human tasks
steam shovel - a power shovel that is driven by steam
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[ˈdɪgəʳ] N
1. (= machine) → excavadora f; (= person) (Archeol) → excavador(a) m/f
2. (= Australian) → australiano/a m/f
see also ditch


[ˈdɪgər] n (= machine) → excavateur m, excavatrice f


(person, = miner) → Bergmann m, → Goldgräber m; (= navvy)Straßenarbeiter m; (Tech: = excavator) → Bagger m
(inf)australischer/neuseeländischer Soldat; (Austral, inf, = pal) → Kumpel m


[ˈdɪgəʳ] n (machine) → escavatore m


(dig) present participle ˈdigging: past tense, past participle dug (dag) verb
1. to turn up (earth) with a spade etc. to dig the garden.
2. to make (a hole) in this way. The child dug a tunnel in the sand.
3. to poke. He dug his brother in the ribs with his elbow.
a poke. a dig in the ribs; I knew that his remarks about women drivers were a dig at me (= a joke directed at me).
ˈdigger noun
a machine for digging.
dig out
1. to get out by digging. We had to dig the car out of the mud.
2. to find by searching. I'll see if I can dig out that photo.
dig up
We dug up that old tree; They dug up a skeleton; They're digging up the road yet again.


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References in classic literature ?
Ere entering upon the subject of Fossil Whales, I present my credentials as a geologist, by stating that in my miscellaneous time i have been a stone-mason, and also a great digger of ditches, canals, and wells, wine-vaults, cellars, and cisterns of all sorts.
Dickon took his spade and dug the hole deeper and wider than a new digger with thin white hands could make it.
A bottle of good claret after dinner does a digger in the red coals no harm, otherwise than as it has a tendency to throw him out of work.
Dirk had been completely distanced in following the light skiff of the fisherman, and had just come in time to rescue the poor money digger from his pursuer.
Who is Man that we should care for him--the naked brown digger, the hairless and toothless, the eater of earth?
Where are the digger and the spade, this peaceful night, destined to add the last great secret to the many secrets of the Tulkinghorn existence?
For the most odious weeks I had been a licensed digger on Black Hill Flats; and I had actually failed to make running expenses.
It means grasshopper soup, the favorite dish of the Digger tribe,--and of the Pi-utes as well.
All sorts were represented there, from the successful diamond digger who was spasmodically embracing a lady in black jet of distinctly Jewish proclivities, to a sporting lord who had been killing lions.
The aborigines of the Andaman Islands may perhaps claim the distinction of being the smallest race upon this earth, though some anthropologists prefer the Bushmen of Africa, the Digger Indians of America, and the Terra del Fuegians.
He was going to dig, with whatsoever object, for he tucked up his cuffs and spat on his hands, and then went at it like an old digger as he was.
As Professor Bumper expected to do considerable excavating in order to locate the buried city, or cities, as the case might be, he had to contract for a number of Indian diggers and laborers.