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[dig-ingz for 1–3; dig-uh nz for 4] /ˈdɪg ɪŋz for 1–3; ˈdɪg ənz for 4/
(usually used with a singular verb) a place where digging is carried on.
(used with a plural verb) a mining operation or locality.
(used with a plural verb) something that is removed from an excavation.
(used with a plural verb) Chiefly British Informal. dig1 (def 11).
Origin of diggings
First recorded in 1530-40; dig1 + -ing1 + -s3 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for diggings
Historical Examples
  • These are not exactly what we should call 'diggings' in London, are they?

  • In Brazil the diggings were not so extensive nor so rich as in this state.

  • It is this that forces us to seek his diggings, to trace, if possible, his footsteps.

    The Book of Khalid Ameen Rihani
  • The diggings were in the mountain side at varying distances.

    A Waif of the Mountains Edward S. Ellis
  • The very time that he swore he was on his way from San Francisco to the diggings!

    The Cave of Gold

    Everett McNeil
  • In May of that year there were about a hundred men at the diggings in the Vaal fields.

    The Mask

    Arthur Hornblow
  • We learned from her that she was the only womankind on the 'diggings.'

  • He continued immediately, "You say this was found in the diggings in the ruins?"

    Watch the Sky James H. Schmitz
  • No chance that one of them pitched the thing into the diggings for an Earthside sensation?

    Watch the Sky James H. Schmitz
  • I come down from the diggings with Mr. Overton this morning.

    That Girl Montana Marah Ellis Ryan
British Dictionary definitions for diggings


plural noun
(functioning as pl) material that has been dug out
(functioning as singular or pl) a place where mining, esp gold mining, has taken place
(functioning as pl) (Brit, informal) a less common name for digs
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for diggings

digs 1


Lodgings; quarters: Your digs, or mine? (1890s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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