digger

noun
dig·​ger | \ ˈdi-gər How to pronounce digger (audio) \

Definition of digger

1a : one that digs
b : a tool or machine for digging
2 Digger, dated, now usually offensive : a North American Indian (such as a Paiute) from a culture that traditionally dug roots for food
3 or Digger, chiefly Australia and New Zealand : an Australian or New Zealand soldier

First Known Use of digger

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Digger.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/digger. Accessed 11 December 2019.

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digger

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How to pronounce digger (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of digger

: a large machine that digs and moves dirt, rocks, etc.

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