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 diggedgibe, unearth, search, shovel, drill, dredge, discover, penetrate, exhume, bulldoze, scoop, sift, burrow, clean, enter, uncover, bore, gouge, harvest, excavate
Examples from the Web for digged
Historical Examples of digged
I had 'digged' for a long time with a fellow called Charlie Grosvenor.Scottish Ghost Stories
Here also his grave is digged under the willows in the valley.From Pole to Pole
Sven Anders Hedin
He hath made a pitte, & digged it, and is fallen into the pitte he made.Bradford's History of 'Plimoth Plantation'
They ignore or forget the pit out of which they were digged.Science and Morals and Other Essays
Bertram Coghill Alan Windle
"We digged the hole," put in Zaidee, eager for her share of the glory.Cricket at the Seashore
Elizabeth Westyn Timlow
verb digs, digging or dug
Word Origin for dig
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.
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.