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 diggingunearth, search, shovel, drill, dredge, discover, penetrate, exhume, bulldoze, scoop, sift, burrow, clean, enter, uncover, bore, gouge, harvest, excavate, punch
Examples from the Web for digging
Contemporary Examples of 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
“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
November 14, 2014
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
November 11, 2014
During construction, many men, indentured servants in the beginning, were blown apart during the blasting and digging.Washington’s Wheeler-Dealer Patriotism
October 31, 2014
Wahlberg chimes in with the hint of a smirk: “The hard days of digging ditches!”Jenny McCarthy: I Am Not Anti-Vaccine
October 24, 2014
Historical Examples of digging
Got plenty of water by digging a few holes in the springy places.Explorations in Australia
I could not succeed in finding the plant for which they had been digging.The Exploring Expedition to the Rocky Mountains, Oregon and California
Brevet Col. J.C. Fremont
He, Saunders, the despair of the girls for thirty years, had fallen into a pit of his own digging!Quaint Courtships
We worked in gangs of six, digging and passing up the dirt into the night-tubs.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
I knew a boy who was digging a cave in a sandy place, and he found an Indian grave.Buried Cities, Part 2
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.