American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A person or animal that digs: a digger of gardens; a digger for information.
- n. A tool or machine used for digging or excavating.
- n. Informal A soldier from Australia in World War I and World War II.
- n. Informal A soldier from New Zealand in World War I.
- n. Offensive Used as a disparaging term, especially in the 19th century, for a member of any of various Native American peoples of the Great Basin, such as the Utes, Paiutes, and Western Shoshones.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A person or an animal that digs; an instrument for digging.
- n. [⟨cap.] One of a degraded class of Indians in California, Nevada, and adjacent regions, belonging to several tribes, all more or less intimately connected with the Shoshones: so called because they live chiefly upon roots dug from the ground. Collectively called Digger Indians.
- n. plural In entomology, specifically, the hymenopterous insects called digger-wasps or Fossores. See Fossores and digger-wasp.
- n. One who digs for gold; a gold-miner.
- n. A large piece of machinery that digs holes or trenches； an excavator.
- n. A tool for digging.
- n. A spade (playing card).
- n. One who digs.
- n. Australia, obsolete A gold miner, one who digs for gold.
- n. Australia, dated An informal nickname for a friend; used as a term of endearment.
- n. Australia An Australian or New Zealand soldier.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. One who, or that which, digs.
- n. a machine for excavating
- n. a laborer who digs
- Derived from dig. (Wiktionary)
- Sense 3, from their use of digging sticks as foraging tools. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“At the risk of sounding all tin-foil-hatty it may be because the dirty digger is terrified of genuine competition.”
“The first of the coniferous trees which we meet is an odd-looking one known as the digger pine.”
“People are quick to use the term gold digger, but it turns out to have more meanings than you might think.”
“Furthermore, it bore coincidental resonance with the nineteenth-century Euro-American pejorative digger, which referred to the supposed cultural inferiority of California's Native Americans, some of whom derived subsistence from the gathering of wild roots.”
“On the Euro-American pejorative digger, see Robert F. Heizer, ed.,”
“At three in the morning a mounted messenger galloped into Bluejacket, and before daybreak a digger committee was sitting at Delporte's Hope discussing the situation.”
“The digger was a strong and fierce man, and there would doubtless have been a terrible and fatal encounter if Fred had not again interfered.”
“Remember, boy, it is not to be a romantic gold-digger, which is another name for a born idiot, that I would send you out to California.”
“The natives of this part of the country are called digger Indians, not with reference to gold-digging, but from the fact of their digging subterranean dwellings, in which they pass the winter, and also from the fact that they grub in the earth a good deal for roots, on which they partly subsist.”
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