fossick

[ fos-ik ]
/ ˈfɒs ɪk /
Australian

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.

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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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British Dictionary definitions for fossick

fossick
/ (ˈfɒsɪk) /

verb Australian and NZ

(intr) to search for gold or precious stones in abandoned workings, rivers, etc
to rummage or search for (something)

Derived forms of fossick

fossicker, noun

Word Origin for fossick

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