a person whose occupation is digging graves.

Nearby words

  1. gravamen,
  2. grave,
  3. grave clothes,
  4. grave-wax,
  5. graveclothes,
  6. gravel,
  7. gravel-blind,
  8. gravel-voiced,
  9. graveldiver,
  10. graveled

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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Word Origin and History for gravedigger



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper