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.
  3. 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
Related formsditch·dig·ging, noun, adjective
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Historical Examples of ditchdigger

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


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