digger

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n digger a machine for excavating
    • n digger a laborer who digs
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Digger One who, or that which, digs.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n digger A person or an animal that digs; an instrument for digging.
    • n digger [⟨cap.] One of a degraded class of Indians in California, Nevada, and adjacent regions, belonging to several tribes, all more or less intimately connected with the Shoshones: so called because they live chiefly upon roots dug from the ground. Collectively called Digger Indians.
    • n digger plural In entomology, specifically, the hymenopterous insects called digger-wasps or Fossores. See Fossores and digger-wasp.
    • n digger One who digs for gold; a gold-miner.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Digger a person or animal that digs: a machine for digging, as a steam-digger
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Quotations

  • Douglas William Jerrold
    Douglas William Jerrold
    “Even the worse of jobs has their pleasures, if I were a grave digger or a hangmen, there are some people I could work for with a great deal of enjoyment.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    “There is no way to success in art but to take off your coat, grind paint, and work like a digger on the railroad, all day and every day.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Prob. O. Fr. diguer, to dig; of Teut. origin.

Usage

In literature:

A CALIFORNIAN gold digger having become rich, desired a friend to procure for him a library of books.
"The Jest Book" by Mark Lemon
And how do you know, Vee, but what I'm the grandest little digger ever was?
"Torchy As A Pa" by Sewell Ford
Kuda means a digger or navvy in Uriya, and enquiries made by Mr. B.C.
"The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India - Volume IV of IV" by R.V. Russell
Gold-diggers should ask them for nuggets.
"Character Sketches of Romance, Fiction and the Drama" by E. Cobham Brewer
Oct. **Well Digger, The.
"The Best Short Stories of 1917" by Various
The digger knew this.
"Auld Licht Idylls" by J. M. Barrie
It is especially in the night that all these worthies, grave-diggers, flaxdressers, and ghosts, exercise their industry.
"Chambers's Edinburgh Journal, No. 444" by Various
So if a Doctor is excluded, a Chemist, an Undertaker, and a Grave-digger would also be kept away.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 103, December 17, 1892" by Various
Rogers was cast for the ghost in one act, Polonius in another, and the grave-digger in another.
"Roger Ingleton, Minor" by Talbot Baines Reed
The following case is taken from an agreement made in 1836 by certain cane hole diggers.
"The Journal of Negro History, Volume 4, 1919" by Various
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In poetry:

Call the people together,
The young men and the sires,
The digger in the harvest field,
Hireling, and him that hires;
"Boston Hymn" by Ralph Waldo Emerson
What care we for the Northern fool,
Who talks about the rights of niggers?
We know that we were made to rule,
And they ordain'd to be the diggers.
"The Slave-Holder’s Apology" by Benjamin Cutler Clark
Since ages longer than he can know,
The grave-digger brings his human woe,
That never wears out, and lays its head
Slowly down in that earthy bed.
"The Grave-Digger" by Emile Verhaeren
His head a prey to the dull knell's sound,
In terror the grave-digger turns the ground
With strokes of the spade, and doth ceaseless cast
The dried-up earth upon his past.
"The Grave-Digger" by Emile Verhaeren
The grave-digger, weary, yet eager as well.
Hiding his pain to the sound of the knell,
With strokes of the spade turns round and round
The weary sods of the dried-up ground.
"The Grave-Digger" by Emile Verhaeren
But now the lonely diggers say
That sometimes at the close of day
They see a misty wraith flash by
With the faint echo of a cry,
It may be true; perhaps they do,
I doubt it much; but what say you?
"The Demon Snow-Shoes (A Legend of Kiandra)" by Barcroft Henry Boake

In news:

Sorry there are no showtimes for The Well- Digger 's Daughter on Sunday, October 14.
Digger Phelps on Jim Calhoun.
Digger Phelps joins SportsCenter to talk about UConn head coach Jim Calhoun, who is expected to announce his retirement tomorrow.
Roxy is a well groomed digger .
That year, the fabrication shop swapped its manual machines for CNC models to avoid outsourcing the manufacturing and repair of critical components for seven different Grave Diggers as well as a host of other trucks.
Pete Digger appointed as Good Relations Political head.
Desperation brought Digger Phelps to the Adams High School auditorium one night last April.
'Well- Digger 's Daughter' a lovely remake.
Daniel Auteuil portrays a widowed father of six daughters in "The Well- Digger 's Daughter".
Woman who took a digger on Red Line tracks with her son thanks bystanders and the MBTA.
Dog-size, strong-shouldered digger called Ernanodon lived about 57 million years ago.
Ancient termite- digger added to mammal family tree.
'The Well Digger 's Daughter' review.
The well- digger (Daniel Auteuil) and his daughters in, "The Well- Digger 's Daughter".
The Well- Digger 's Daughter: movie review.
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