gold digger

noun
variants: or less commonly gold-digger play \ˈgōl(d)-ˌdi-gər\
Updated on: 15 Apr 2018

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

gold-digging

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

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First Known Use of gold digger

1830

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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GOLD DIGGER Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of gold digger for English Language Learners

  • : 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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