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.
- diflorasone diacetate,
- dig down,
- dig in,
- dig one's own grave,
- dig out,
- dig up
Origin of dig1
verb (used with object), dug, dig·ging. Slang.
Origin of dig2
Examples from the Web for digging
He said he spent his time doing “Mickey Mouse make-work,” digging though old records for long-abandoned well sites.Two Texas Regulators Tried to Enforce the Rules. They Were Fired.|David Hasemyer, InsideClimate News|December 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“There are various iterations of my life out there,” says Billy Hayes, digging into his Eggs Benedict at a Manhattan diner.The Unbelievable (True) Story of the World’s Most Infamous Hash Smuggler|Marlow Stern|November 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
She said: “They said that because of a by-law I had to have the body cremated or buried within 24 hours after digging it up.”Hope and Change? Burma Kills a Journalist Before Obama Arrives|Joshua Carroll|November 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
During construction, many men, indentured servants in the beginning, were blown apart during the blasting and digging.
Wahlberg chimes in with the hint of a smirk: “The hard days of digging ditches!”
It is quite impossible for me to decide if, by digging straight down, I shall come to a hollow cell or to a solid wall.The Mason-bees|J. Henri Fabre
"You must make them pay for the privilege of digging," I suggested.The Lightning Conductor Discovers America|C. N. (Charles Norris) Williamson and A. M. (Alice Muriel) Williamson
It pertained to the digging of a grave in front of the barred window.'19,000'|Burford Delannoy
If digging is permitted, the trenches will now be constructed, and care will be taken that they are actually finished.Manual of Military Training|James A. Moss
The figure, naked from the waist up, huddled upon the hard-baked mud, digging madly at the earth.Average Jones|Samuel Hopkins Adams
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.