Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Informal A woman who seeks money and expensive gifts from men.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Someone who digs or mines for gold.
  • n. 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.

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

Etymologies

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

Examples

  • As the gold digger in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes—Hawks’s considerably reworked version of the Anita Loos play and musical—Marilyn consciously exploits the sex-bomb image that men, with their lascivious glances, have forced on her, and gets her revenge in spades ... or, rather, diamonds.

    All The Available Light

  • The two hilarious husband-hunting comedies, too, tweak both myths by conflating the bad girl and the good girl—the sexy gold digger and the girl with a heart—into the one and only Marilyn.

    All The Available Light

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