[ dig ]
/ dɪg /
verb (used without object), dug [duhg] /dʌg/ or (Archaic) digged [digd], /dɪgd/, dig·ging.
to break up, turn over, or remove earth, sand, etc., as with a shovel, spade, bulldozer, or claw; make an excavation.
to make one's way or work by or as by removing or turning over material: to dig through the files.
verb (used with object), dug [duhg] /dʌg/ or (Archaic) digged [digd], /dɪgd/, dig·ging.
to break up, turn over, or loosen (earth, sand, etc.), as with a shovel, spade, or bulldozer (often followed by up).
to form or excavate (a hole, tunnel, etc.) by removing material.
to unearth, obtain, or remove by digging (often followed by up or out).
to find or discover by effort or search.
to poke, thrust, or force (usually followed by in or into): He dug his heel into the ground.
thrust; poke: He gave me a dig in the ribs with his elbow.
a cutting, sarcastic remark.
an archaeological site undergoing excavation.
digs, Informal. living quarters; lodgings.
- to dig trenches, as in order to defend a position in battle.
- to maintain one's opinion or position.
- to start eating.
dig into, Informal. to attack, work, or apply oneself voraciously, vigorously, or energetically: to dig into one's work; to dig into a meal.
- 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.
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Origin of dig1
1275–1325; Middle English diggen, perhaps representing an OE derivative of dīcditch; Middle French diguer to dig (<Middle Dutch ) is attested later and apparently not the immediate source
Definition for dig (2 of 3)
[ dig ]
/ dɪg /
verb (used with object), dug, dig·ging.Slang.
to understand: Can you dig what I'm saying?
to take notice of: Dig those shoes he's wearing.
to like, love, or enjoy: She digs that kind of music. We really dig each other.
Origin of dig2
1935–40; perhaps <Irish (an) dtuig(eann tú mé?) do you understand me? and parallel expressions with tuigim I understand (see twig2)
Definition for dig (3 of 3)
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British Dictionary definitions for dig (1 of 2)
/ (dɪɡ) /
verb digs, digging or dug
(when tr, often foll by up) to cut into, break up, and turn over or remove (earth, soil, etc), esp with a spade
to form or excavate (a hole, tunnel, passage, etc) by digging, usually with an implement or (of animals) with feet, claws, etcto dig a tunnel
(often foll by through) to make or force (one's way), esp by removing obstructionshe dug his way through the crowd
(tr; often foll by out or up) to obtain by diggingto dig potatoes; to dig up treasure
(tr; often foll by out or up) to find or discover by effort or searchingto dig out unexpected facts
(tr; foll by in or into) to thrust or jab (a sharp instrument, weapon, etc); pokehe dug his spurs into the horse's side
(tr; foll by in or into) to mix (compost, etc) with soil by digging
(tr) informal to like, understand, or appreciate
(intr) US slang to work hard, esp for an examination
(intr) British informal to have lodgingsI dig in South London
the act of digging
a thrust or poke, esp in the ribs
a cutting or sarcastic remark
informal an archaeological excavation
Word Origin for dig
C13 diggen, of uncertain origin
British Dictionary definitions for dig (2 of 2)
/ (dɪɡ) /
NZ informal short for Digger (def. 1)
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