verb (used without object)
Mining. to undermine another's digging; search for waste gold in relinquished workings, washing places, etc.
to search for any object by which to make gain: to fossick for clients.
verb (used with object)
to hunt; seek; ferret out.
Whoosis? Take The Word of the Day Quiz!
Get your brain ready for this serotinal WOTD quiz. We know you’re ready to fossick answers—and no gramarye should be required. Don’t forget to vote for your favorite word in the poll below! And when you have your results, tell us how you did on Facebook or Twitter. If the quiz doesn’t display, please try opening in the Chrome browser.
Origin of fossick
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019
Examples from the Web for fossick
Historical Examples of fossick
verb Australian and NZ
(intr) to search for gold or precious stones in abandoned workings, rivers, etc
to rummage or search for (something)
Word Origin for fossick
C19: Australian, probably from English dialect fussock to bustle about, from fuss
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012