a person whose occupation is digging graves.

Origin of gravedigger

First recorded in 1585–95; grave1 + digger Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of gravedigger

  • This volume includes the dodge-the-obvious profiles of the attending emergency room physician and gravedigger for the slain JFK.

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  • He had spent several years as a gravedigger and gardener at a cemetery in Germany before returning to Puglia.

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Historical Examples of gravedigger

Word Origin and History for gravedigger

also grave-digger, 1590s, from grave (n.) + agent noun from dig (v.).

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