gold digger

variants: or less commonly gold-digger \ ˈgōl(d)-​ˌdi-​gər How to pronounce gold digger (audio) \

Definition of gold digger

1 : one who digs for gold
2 : a person whose romantic pursuit of, relationship with, or marriage to a wealthy person is primarily or solely motivated by a desire for money Whether you're dating a potential gold digger or are surrounded by friends who are constantly asking for handouts, you'll want to protect your money from those kinds of drains.— Kimberly Palmer For years, it has almost always played out like this: A woman accuses a famous man of harassment, and that famous man calls her a liar. The media reports it, expensive lawyers rush in to also call the woman a liar and maybe a gold digger and maybe worse …— Nina Burleigh To deflect the impression that he was a gold digger par excellence, Bingham renounced any claim on his new wife's fortune.— Richard Kluger

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Other Words from gold digger

gold-digging \ ˈgōl(d)-​ˌdi-​giŋ How to pronounce gold digger (audio) \ adjective
a gold-digging opportunist

Examples of gold digger in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Seyfried unearths the humanity that’s always eluded Davies, due in large part to Citizen Kane’s thinly veiled depiction of her as a talentless gold digger. Keaton Bell, Vogue, 9 Apr. 2021 Barbara is an unapologetic gold digger, who jumps at the chance to sail with a potential rich husband. Bill Goodykoontz, Detroit Free Press, 11 Dec. 2020 The reports raised questions about Mr. Komuro’s intentions, with some detractors accusing him of being a gold digger. Ben Dooley, New York Times, 30 Nov. 2020 The defense has long suggested that many of the accusers were gold diggers seeking money or fame., 12 Dec. 2019 Claiming that a woman is certainly a gold digger reaffirms a worldview pleasing to those who’d like to believe that men are the ones with the real power, and, if a woman ever exerts power, it’s been generously bestowed on her by a man. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, 29 Jan. 2019 Twitter seems to be enthusiastic about calling her either a gold digger or a prostitute. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, 29 Jan. 2019 For critics who doubted Love’s talent and viewed her as nothing more than a gold digger or a groupie, seeing her compete with, and have success alongside, Eddie Vedder, Beck, and Trent Reznor, as well as Cobain, gave her and Hole currency. Lisawhill, Longreads, 9 July 2019 Critics and the press often call her a gold digger who only married Cobain for fame and money. Lisawhill, Longreads, 9 July 2019

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First Known Use of gold digger

1826, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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20 Apr 2021

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“Gold digger.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of gold digger

informal : a woman who becomes or tries to become romantically involved with a rich man in order to get money and gifts from him


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