verb (used without object), dug or (Archaic) digged, dig·ging.
verb (used with object), dug or (Archaic) digged, dig·ging.
- to dig trenches, as in order to defend a position in battle.
- to maintain one's opinion or position.
- to start eating.
- to remove earth or debris from by digging.
- to hollow out by digging.
- to find by searching: to dig out facts for a term paper.
- to discover in the course of digging.
- to locate; find: to dig up information.
Origin of dig1
verb (used with object), dug, dig·ging. Slang.
Origin of dig2
Related Words for diggibe, unearth, search, shovel, drill, dredge, discover, penetrate, exhume, bulldoze, scoop, sift, burrow, clean, enter, uncover, bore, gouge, harvest, excavate
Examples from the Web for dig
Contemporary Examples of dig
For a few hours every day she would read big books at the library, watch reruns of the show, and dig through questions in the J!Jeopardy! Champion Julia Collins’s Brain Feels Like Mush
November 20, 2014
This gave the Germans time to stabilize and dig in on the “hedgerow front” before St. Lô.Blood in the Sand: When James Jones Wrote a Grunt’s View of D-Day
November 15, 2014
When I was young, I loved to dig and find and collect fossils.The Real-Life Raiders of the Lost Ark
November 14, 2014
And “om nom nom nom” is more of a dig at Cookie Monster and Instagram foodies than it is at anyone else.Feminist, Bae, Turnt: Time’s ‘Worst Words’ List Is Sexist and Racist
November 13, 2014
The two talked about reproductive freedom (with a dig at recent efforts in Texas to highly regulate abortion clinics).Live from San Antonio: Women in the World Texas!
Women in the World
October 23, 2014
Historical Examples of dig
As a matter of fact, we dig a gulf between the material and the spiritual which does not exist.The Conquest of Fear
Now I will make you dig, dig, dig, to the very depths of the earth to bring me gold!Opera Stories from Wagner
They had to dig around them carefully, so that Dr. Schliemann might see what they were.
But during this work of many weeks he had taught his workmen how to dig.
With better tools we will proceed to dig into these mounds and discover what they contain.English Villages
P. H. Ditchfield
verb digs, digging or dug
Word Origin for dig
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.