[ dig-ingz for 1-3; dig-uhnz for 4 ]
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  1. (usually used with a singular verb) a place where digging is carried on.

  2. (used with a plural verb) a mining operation or locality.

  1. (used with a plural verb) something that is removed from an excavation.

  2. (used with a plural verb)Chiefly British Informal. dig1 (def. 11).

Origin of diggings

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

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British Dictionary definitions for diggings


/ (ˈdɪɡɪŋz) /

pl n
  1. (functioning as plural) material that has been dug out

  2. (functioning as singular or plural) a place where mining, esp gold mining, has taken place

  1. (functioning as plural) British informal a less common name for digs

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