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-digging (audio) \ adjective
a gold-digging opportunist

Examples of gold digger in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The defense has long suggested that many of the accusers were gold diggers seeking money or fame., "You're using a browser set to private or incognito mode.," 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, "Kamala Harris Is Already Being Called a Prostitute," 29 Jan. 2019 Twitter seems to be enthusiastic about calling her either a gold digger or a prostitute. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kamala Harris Is Already Being Called a Prostitute," 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, "Live Through This: Courtney Love at 55," 9 July 2019 Critics and the press often call her a gold digger who only married Cobain for fame and money. Lisawhill, Longreads, "Live Through This: Courtney Love at 55," 9 July 2019 Also complicating matters is a society gold digger named Lady Jaqueline Carstone (Lisa O’Hare), who promptly ditches her twit of a fiancé, Gerald Bolingbroke (Mark Evans), when Snibson’s higher earning potential emerges. Jesse Green, New York Times, "Review: A Multiple-Exposure ‘Me and My Girl’ at Encores!," 10 May 2018 The Gay Bride: Carole Lombard stars as a sharp-tongued gold digger in this 1934 gangster screwball comedy. Chris Ball,, "Steven Spielberg's 'The Post,' now on DVD and Blu-ray (review)," 22 Apr. 2018 Lilyan Tashman and Kay Francis as a pair of gold diggers in 1931. Chronicle Staff Report, San Francisco Chronicle, "Bay Area arts and entertainment picks, March 30," 30 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of gold digger

1826, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Gold digger.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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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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