ditch·​dig·​ger | \ ˈdich-ˌdi-gər How to pronounce ditchdigger (audio) \

Definition of ditchdigger

1 : one that digs ditches
2 : one employed at menial and usually hard physical labor

Examples of ditchdigger in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Working with backers from Rahway, New Jersey, Tesla introduced his own arc lighting system, but the company soon folded and Tesla was forced to work as a ditchdigger. National Geographic, "Edison and Tesla's cutthroat 'Current War' ushered in the electric age," 27 Sep. 2019 He's been a farmer, a soldier, a ditchdigger, a teacher, a small business owner and a nonprofit director. Ramsey Archibald | Rarchibald@al.com, AL.com, "Meet the Democrats who want to be Alabama's next U.S. Senator," 18 June 2017

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First Known Use of ditchdigger

1843, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Ditchdigger.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ditchdigger. Accessed 28 Jan. 2021.

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