Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A person who is in a romantic relationship in order to get money or gifts from the romantic partner, especially a woman seeking to marry a rich man.

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  • noun Someone who digs or mines for gold.
  • noun pejorative A person (usually female and considerably younger) who cultivates a personal relationship in order to attain money.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a woman who associates with or marries a rich man in order to get valuables from him through gifts or a divorce settlement
  • noun a miner who digs or pans for gold in a gold field

Etymologies

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gold +‎ digger. Literal sense from 1830s, figurative sense (woman who seeks money in a relationship) from 1915.

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