[ fos-ik ]

verb (used without object)
  1. Mining. to undermine another's digging; search for waste gold in relinquished workings, washing places, etc.

  2. to search for any object by which to make gain: to fossick for clients.

verb (used with object)
  1. to hunt; seek; ferret out.

Origin of fossick

First recorded in 1850–55; origin uncertain; compare British dialect fossick “troublesome person,” fussick, fursick “to bustle about, fidget”; apparently fuss + -ick, variant of -ock

Other words from fossick

  • fos·sick·er, noun

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How to use fossick in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for fossick


/ (ˈfɒsɪk) /

verbAustralian and NZ
  1. (intr) to search for gold or precious stones in abandoned workings, rivers, etc

  2. to rummage or search for (something)

Origin of fossick

C19: Australian, probably from English dialect fussock to bustle about, from fuss

Derived forms of fossick

  • fossicker, noun

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