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[dig-ingz for 1–3; dig-uh nz 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.
  3. (used with a plural verb) something that is removed from an excavation.
  4. (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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Examples from the Web for diggings

Historical Examples

  • These are not exactly what we should call 'diggings' in London, are they?

    Jennie Baxter, Journalist

    Robert Barr

  • In Brazil the diggings were not so extensive nor so rich as in this state.

  • It is this that forces us to seek his diggings, to trace, if possible, his footsteps.

    The Book of Khalid

    Ameen Rihani

  • The diggings were in the mountain side at varying distances.

  • The very time that he swore he was on his way from San Francisco to the diggings!

    The Cave of Gold

    Everett McNeil

British Dictionary definitions for diggings


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