- a person or an animal that digs.
- a tool, part of a machine, etc., for digging.
- (initial capital letter) Disparaging. Also called Digger Indian. a member of any of several Indian peoples of western North America, especially of a tribe that dug roots for food.
- an Australian or New Zealand soldier of World War I.
- (initial capital letter) English History. a member of a group that advocated the abolition of private property and began in 1649 to cultivate certain common lands.
- Slang. a person hired by a scalper to buy tickets to a show or performance for resale by the scalper at inflated prices.
Origin of digger
White settlers in the latter half of the 19th century used the term Digger to refer especially to the Ute, Paiute, or Western Shoshone, who foraged and dug in the ground for edible wild plants. The term implies that these Indians were considered to be primitive and animal-like.
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Examples from the Web for diggers
For too many of the diggers, though they work like horses, spend like asses.
I was tolerably successful with the diggers working at their claims.
Shovels are furnished by the diggers themselves in Chicago, Ill.Concrete Construction
Halbert P. Gillette
In other words, diggers swarmed to the spot, with no idea of law but digger's law.A Simpleton
I was witness, too, of an encounter between two large parties of diggers.A Voyage round the World
- the Diggers a radical English Puritan group, led by Gerrard Winstanley, which advocated communal ownership of land (1649–50)
- a person, animal, or machine that digs
- a miner, esp one who digs for gold
- a tool or part of a machine used for excavation, esp a mechanical digger fitted with a head for digging trenches
- (sometimes not capital) archaic, slang
- an Australian or New Zealander, esp a soldier: often used as a term of address
- (as modifier)a Digger accent
- one of a number of tribes of America whose diet was largely composed of roots dug out of the ground
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Word Origin and History for diggers
mid-15c., "one who digs," agent noun from dig (v.). The communistic movement in England so called from 1649.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper