Definition of digger in English:

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digger

Pronunciation: /ˈdiɡər/

noun

1A person, animal, or large machine that digs earth: [in combination]: a grave-digger
More example sentences
  • 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.
1.1 (Digger, in full Digger Indian) offensiveUS A North American Indian of any of several tribes that subsisted on roots dug from the ground.
2Australian/New Zealand 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
More example sentences
  • 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 digger

chigger, configure, figure, Frigga, jigger, ligger, rigger, rigor, rigour, snigger, swigger, transfigure, trigger, vigour (US vigor)

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Syllabification: dig·ger

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