And I will lay it waste; it shall not be pruned nor digged, but there shall come up briars and thorns.
"We digged the hole," put in Zaidee, eager for her share of the glory.
Lincoln had digged a pitfall for unwary feet, and the great opportunist fell therein.
Open my eyes to see how deep was the pit from which I was digged!
Do we not constantly stumble at the pit we have digged to serve our own purposes?
“I digged that bit along that wall only yesterday,” said Ike.
He digged down into the barren earth of the desert; and he digged and he digged, but neither silver nor gold did he find.
Here also his grave is digged under the willows in the valley.
And all the Egyptians digged round about the river for water to drink; for they could not drink of the water of the river.
He hath made a pitte, & digged it, and is fallen into the pitte he made.
early 14c. (diggen), of uncertain origin, perhaps related to dike and ditch, either via Old French diguer (ultimately from a Germanic source), or directly from an unrecorded Old English word. Native words were deolfan (see delve), grafan (see grave (v.)).
Slang sense of "understand" first recorded 1934 in Black English, probably based on the notion of "excavate." A slightly varied sense of "appreciate" emerged 1939. Strong past participle dug appeared 16c., but is not etymological. Related: Digging.
late 17c. as "a tool for digging," from dig (v.). Meaning "archaeological expedition" is from 1896. Meaning "thrust or poke" (as with an elbow) is from 1819; figurative sense of this is from 1840.
[the cool senses, originally black, are probably related to the early 19th-century sense, ''study hard, strive to understand'']