Definition of digger in English:


Line breaks: dig¦ger
Pronunciation: /ˈdɪgə


  • 1A person, animal, or large machine that digs earth.
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    • As men and women watched in tears, the diggers quickly dumped earth on top.
    • Already several lagoons have formed in areas where the diggers have removed earth for a new flood bank set 500 metres inland.
    • The driver of the digger jumped from the machine just before the engine collided with it.
  • 1.1A miner.
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    • First colonised, this place was home to the miners, diggers and low tech engineers that made up the colonisation crews, see?
    • It was a barren grassland dotted with farms but soon grew into a shanty town surrounded by mine dumps as the diggers went deeper and deeper.
    • He remembers the clay flats being mined, the diggers shovelling up clay into the oxcarts, the beasts relishing the mud.
  • 1.2A person who excavates archaeological sites.
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    • The publication reported last month how diggers excavating the site near Pocklington unearthed fragments of a human skeleton which almost certainly dated back to Roman times.
    • There are a number of diggers and excavators on site.
    • Summer schools could be used to offer practical experience on sites looking for inexperienced diggers.
  • 2 (Digger) A member of a group of radical dissenters formed in England in 1649 as an offshoot of the Levellers, believing in a form of agrarian communism in which common land would be made available to the poor.
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    • The Levellers and Diggers had already been under keen scrutiny before and during the Second World War, but they received fresh and more critical attention.
    • Groups such as the Diggers and the Levellers believed that after the execution of Charles I, a biblical monarchy was nigh and that Jesus would be the king.
    • Using a mixture of readings and commentary, he ranges from More's Utopia through the English Civil War period with its Levellers, Ranters and Diggers.
  • 3Australian /NZ informal A man, especially a private soldier (often used as a friendly form of address): how are you, Digger?
    [ early 20th century: from digger 'miner', reinforced by association with the digging of trenches on the battlefields]
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    • When faced with the common question of what a digger does after the war, he is blunt and to the point - ‘I did every-bloody-thing’.
    • Why is it that a soldier may be charged for not shaving daily, but is rarely asked by a commander ‘Did you brush you teeth today, digger?’
    • ‘Either we're not paying these diggers enough or we are bankrolling the most gullible army in the world.’

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