1A person, animal, or large machine that digs earth.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.’
Words that rhyme with diggerchigger, configure, figure, Frigga, jigger, ligger, rigger, rigor, rigour, snigger, swigger, transfigure, trigger, vigour (US vigor)
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