Definition of digger in English:


Syllabification: dig·ger
Pronunciation: /ˈdigər


  • 1A person, animal, or large machine that digs earth: [in combination]: a grave-digger
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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.
  • 1.1 (Digger, in full Digger Indian) offensive 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]
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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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