[dig-ingz for 1–3; dig-uh nz for 4]


(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).

Nearby words

  1. digger indians,
  2. digger pine,
  3. digger wasp,
  4. diggers,
  5. digging stick,
  6. dight,
  7. digibox,
  8. digicam,
  9. digit,
  10. digital

Origin of diggings

First recorded in 1530–40; dig1 + -ing1 + -s3

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British Dictionary definitions for diggings


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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