- a person who seeks or digs for gold in a gold field.
- Informal. a woman who associates with or marries a man chiefly for material gain.
Origin of gold digger
An Americanism dating back to 1820–30
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Word Origin and History for gold digger
also gold-digger, "woman who pursues men for their money," first recorded 1915. Literal sense attested from 1830.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper