Origin of dig

1275–1325; Middle English diggen, perhaps representing an OE derivative of dīc ditch; Middle French diguer to dig (< Middle Dutch) is attested later and apparently not the immediate source

Definition for digs (2 of 2)


[ dig ]
/ dɪg /

verb (used with object), dug, dig·ging. Slang.

to understand: Can you dig what I'm saying?
to take notice of: Dig those shoes he's wearing.
to like, love, or enjoy: She digs that kind of music. We really dig each other.

Origin of dig

1935–40; perhaps < Irish (an) dtuig(eann tú mé?) do you understand me? and parallel expressions with tuigim I understand (see twig2)
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British Dictionary definitions for digs (1 of 3)


/ (dɪɡz) /

pl n

British informal lodgings

Word Origin for digs

C19: shortened from diggings, perhaps referring to where one digs or works, but see also dig in

British Dictionary definitions for digs (2 of 3)


/ (dɪɡ) /


NZ informal short for Digger (def. 1)

British Dictionary definitions for digs (3 of 3)


/ (dɪɡ) /

verb digs, digging or dug


See also dig in, digs

Word Origin for dig

C13 diggen, of uncertain origin
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