ditch·​dig·​ger | \ -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

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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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