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.

Nearby words

  1. fosse way,
  2. fosse, bob,
  3. fossette,
  4. fossey,
  5. fossey, dian,
  6. fossil,
  7. fossil energy,
  8. fossil fuel,
  9. fossil fuels,
  10. fossil gum

Origin of fossick

1850–55; compare dial. fossick troublesome person, fussick to bustle about, apparently fuss + -ick, variant of -ock

Related formsfos·sick·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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verb Australian and NZ

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

Word Origin for fossick

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

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