Definition of digger in English:

digger

Syllabification: dig·ger
Pronunciation: /ˈdiɡər
 
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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) 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]
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.’

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