Definition of gold-dig

transitive verb

: to extract money or gifts from by coaxing or flattery why did you coax him, tease him, gold-dig him— Sinclair Lewis

intransitive verb

: to extract money or gifts from men by coaxing or flattery she went with him wherever he wanted to go, and she never tried to maneuver him or gold-dig— Ann Chidester

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

History and Etymology for gold-dig

back-formation from gold digger

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about gold-dig

Statistics for gold-dig

Cite this Entry

“Gold-dig.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Nov. 2020.

Comments on gold-dig

What made you want to look up gold-dig? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

Great Scrabble Words—A Quiz

  • scrabble tiles that read scrabble quiz
  • Which of the following Q-without-U words means the number five in cards or dice?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!