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

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 Though Celess reveals her cards as what some would call a gold digger, the women get sucked into bigger problems than just their lavish lifestyle. Kelly Wynne,, 15 July 2022 Rodolfo immediately dismisses Patrizia as a gold digger, a déclassé social climber who can’t tell a Picasso from a Klimt. David Sims, The Atlantic, 23 Nov. 2021 Critics on social media have branded him a gold digger or a grifter. New York Times, 25 Oct. 2021 Komuro's mother, involved in an unresolved financial dispute, has been portrayed as a gold digger in tabloids, which have harshly criticized the couple. Anthony Trotter, ABC News, 24 Oct. 2021 He has been accused of being a gold digger, unfit for the princess, too slovenly, too smug, and a rebel who dares to sport a ponytail. Washington Post, 1 Oct. 2021 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 See More

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First Known Use of gold digger

1826, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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25 Jul 2022

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“Gold digger.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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