[ dig-ingz for 1-3; dig-uhnz for 4 ]
/ ˈdɪg ɪŋz for 1-3; ˈdɪg ənz for 4 /
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(usually used with a singular verb) a place where digging is carried on.
(used with a plural verb) a mining operation or locality.
(used with a plural verb) something that is removed from an excavation.
(used with a plural verb)Chiefly British Informal. dig1 (def. 11).
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Origin of diggings

First recorded in 1530–40; dig1 + -ing1 + -s3
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British Dictionary definitions for diggings

/ (ˈdɪɡɪŋz) /

pl n
(functioning as plural) material that has been dug out
(functioning as singular or plural) a place where mining, esp gold mining, has taken place
(functioning as plural) British informal a less common name for digs
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