[ dich-dig-er ]

  1. a worker whose occupation is digging ditches, especially with pick and shovel.

  2. a person engaged in exhausting manual work, especially work that requires little or no originality.

  1. Also called ditcher, trencher. a power excavating machine designed to remove earth in a continuous line and to a predetermined width and depth, as by means of a rotating belt equipped with scoops.

Origin of ditchdigger

First recorded in 1895–1900; ditch + digger

Other words from ditchdigger

  • ditchdigging, noun, adjective

Words Nearby ditchdigger

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How to use ditchdigger in a sentence

  • And he who is confused, be he ditchdigger or dictator, is a man emotionally upset.

    Expediter | Dallas McCord Reynolds