gold digger



a person who seeks or digs for gold in a gold field.
Informal. a woman who associates with or marries a man chiefly for material gain.

Nearby words

  1. gold bullion standard,
  2. gold card,
  3. gold certificate,
  4. gold chloride,
  5. gold coast,
  6. gold digging,
  7. gold disc,
  8. gold dust,
  9. gold farming,
  10. gold fever

Origin of gold digger

An Americanism dating back to 1820–30 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for gold-digger



a person who prospects or digs for gold
informal a woman who uses her sexual attractions to accumulate gifts and wealth or advance her social position
Derived Formsgold-digging, noun

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Word Origin and History for gold-digger

gold digger


also gold-digger, "woman who pursues men for their money," first recorded 1915. Literal sense attested from 1830.

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