gold digger

noun
variants: or less commonly gold-digger \ˈgōl(d)-ˌdi-gər \

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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gold-digging \ˈgōl(d)-ˌdi-giŋ \ adjective
a gold-digging opportunist

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The Gay Bride: Carole Lombard stars as a sharp-tongued gold digger in this 1934 gangster screwball comedy. Chris Ball, cleveland.com, "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 Public opinion was virulently against her; she was called a liar and a gold digger. Rachel Aviv, The New Yorker, "An Activist-Filmmaker Tackles Patriarchy in Pakistan," 6 Feb. 2016 Tama Janowitz skewers gold diggers in A Certain Age (Doubleday), and Amy Sohn's Run Catch Kiss (Simon & Schuster) is a wobbly attempt to follow in Bridget Jones's Manola Blahniks. Veronica Chambers, Newsweek, "'Sex and the City': Our 1999 Feature on the Show Starring Cynthia Nixon and Sarah Jessica Parker," 21 Mar. 2018 The committee attempts to weed out any gold diggers or fame seekers. Rachel George, Billboard, "RAYA: What Is the Celebrity Dating App?," 8 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of gold digger

1830, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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gold digger

noun

English Language Learners Definition of gold digger

: 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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