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One that digs graves.
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someone whose job is to dig the ground to make a grave
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(ˈgreɪvˌdɪg ər)

a person whose occupation is digging graves.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.gravedigger - a person who earns a living by digging gravesgravedigger - a person who earns a living by digging graves
laborer, labourer, manual laborer, jack - someone who works with their hands; someone engaged in manual labor
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حَفّار القُبور
mezar kazıcı


[ˈgreɪvˌdɪgəʳ] Nsepulturero/a m/f
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[ˈgreɪvdɪgər] nfossoyeur m
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[ˈgreɪvˌdɪgəʳ] nbecchino, affossatore m
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995


(greiv) noun
a plot of ground, or the hole dug in it, in which a dead person is buried. He laid flowers on the grave.
ˈgravedigger noun
a person whose job is digging graves.
ˈgravestone noun
a stone placed at a grave on which the dead person's name etc is written.
ˈgraveyard noun
a place where the dead are buried.
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References in classic literature ?
Wopsle in a comprehensive black cloak, being descried entering at the turnpike, the gravedigger was admonished in a friendly way, "Look out!
There was nothing for it but go below with shovels and try to right her, and there we were in that vast hold, gloomy like a cavern, the tallow dips stuck and flickering on the beams, the gale howling above, the ship tossing about like mad on her side; there we all were, Jermyn, the captain, everyone, hardly able to keep our feet, engaged on that gravedigger's work, and try- ing to toss shovelfuls of wet sand up to windward.
- I began now to think my cave or vault finished, when on a sudden (it seems I had made it too large) a great quantity of earth fell down from the top on one side; so much that, in short, it frighted me, and not without reason, too, for if I had been under it, I had never wanted a gravedigger. I had now a great deal of work to do over again, for I had the loose earth to carry out; and, which was of more importance, I had the ceiling to prop up, so that I might be sure no more would come down.
"Because," said the Man Leaning on a Spade, "I belong to the Gravediggers' National Extortion Society, and we have decided to limit the production of graves and get more money for the reduced output.
Ah, Barbara, darling, I can see that you want me to be taken away to the Volkovo Cemetery in a broken-down old hearse, with some poor outcast of the streets to accompany my coffin as chief mourner, and the gravediggers to heap my body with clay, and depart and leave me there.
We got to the graveyard by half-past one, and strolled about, keeping out of official observation, so that when the gravediggers had completed their task and the sexton under the belief that every one had gone, had locked the gate, we had the place all to ourselves.
"The gravediggers must have sworn at getting drenched by the snow.
At the site she met three "extraordinary women" - Eternal Forest Trust CEO Arabella Melville, funeral director Adrianne Hickey and gravedigger Julie Hilman.
A GRAVEDIGGER who dug around 2,000 burial plots across Shropshire has died, aged 95.
Chicago favorites Karen Aldridge (Gertrude), Sean Allan Krill (Horatio), Larry Yando (Polonius), Mike Nussbaum (Gravedigger), Greg Vinkler (Gravedigger) and Alex Goodrich (Rosencrantz) co-star.
Even the descendants of the gravedigger who prepared the final resting places of beloved personalities such as Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and Qauid-e-Millat Liaquat Ali Khan are forced to live a life of poverty, unnoticed and unappreciated.
Zaheer Abbas, 46 and a gravedigger and his 40-year-old wife Shazia and their daughter Fatima Abbas were trapped in the debris when the roof of their room caved in.