gold digger

See synonyms for gold digger on
  1. a person who seeks or digs for gold in a gold field.

  2. Informal. a woman who associates with or marries a man chiefly for material gain.

Origin of gold digger

An Americanism dating back to 1820–30 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use gold digger in a sentence

  • Formerly sergeant-major in the —th regiment; now a gold-digger in California.

  • "Look out for some fresh ground," answered the Welshman, applying himself to the gold-digger's consolation, a pipe.

    Grif | B. L. (Benjamin Leopold) Farjeon
  • "Just see that," he said, jerking his head spitefully in the direction of the lucky gold digger.

    Grif | B. L. (Benjamin Leopold) Farjeon
  • Mr. Green was an English gold-digger, and was travelling along the main road to his home at Spitzcop.

    The Last Boer War | H. Rider Haggard
  • A blanket, rolled up, gold-digger fashion, was upon the ground.

    Grif | B. L. (Benjamin Leopold) Farjeon

British Dictionary definitions for gold-digger


  1. a person who prospects or digs for gold

  2. informal a woman who uses her sexual attractions to accumulate gifts and wealth or advance her social position

Derived forms of gold-digger

  • gold-digging, noun

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