What does dig mean?

Definitions for dig

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. dig, excavation, archeological sitenoun

    the site of an archeological exploration

    "they set up camp next to the dig"

  2. shot, shaft, slam, dig, barb, jibe, gibenoun

    an aggressive remark directed at a person like a missile and intended to have a telling effect

    "his parting shot was `drop dead'"; "she threw shafts of sarcasm"; "she takes a dig at me every chance she gets"

  3. dignoun

    a small gouge (as in the cover of a book)

    "the book was in good condition except for a dig in the back cover"

  4. excavation, digging, dignoun

    the act of digging

    "there's an interesting excavation going on near Princeton"

  5. dig, jabverb

    the act of touching someone suddenly with your finger or elbow

    "she gave me a sharp dig in the ribs"

  6. dig, delve, cut into, turn oververb

    turn up, loosen, or remove earth

    "Dig we must"; "turn over the soil for aeration"

  7. dig, dig outverb

    create by digging

    "dig a hole"; "dig out a channel"

  8. labor, labour, toil, fag, travail, grind, drudge, dig, moilverb

    work hard

    "She was digging away at her math homework"; "Lexicographers drudge all day long"

  9. dig, dig up, dig outverb

    remove, harvest, or recover by digging

    "dig salt"; "dig coal"

  10. digverb

    thrust down or into

    "dig the oars into the water"; "dig your foot into the floor"

  11. excavate, dig, hollowverb

    remove the inner part or the core of

    "the mining company wants to excavate the hillside"

  12. jab, prod, stab, poke, digverb

    poke or thrust abruptly

    "he jabbed his finger into her ribs"

  13. grok, get the picture, comprehend, savvy, dig, grasp, compass, apprehendverb

    get the meaning of something

    "Do you comprehend the meaning of this letter?"


  1. Dignoun

    a critical and sometimes sarcastic or insulting remark, but often good-humored; as, celebrities at a roast must suffer through countless digs.

  2. Dignoun

    An archeological excavation site.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To DIGverb

    preter. dug, or digged; part. pass. dug, or digged.

    Etymology: dic , Saxon, a ditch; dyger, Danish, to dig.

    Then said he unto me, Son of man, dig now in the wall; and when I had digged in the wall, I beheld a door. Ezek. viii. 8.

    Seek with heart and mouth to build up the walks of Jerusalem, which you have broken down; and to fill up the mines that you have digged by craft and subtlety, to overthrow the same. John Whitgift.

    He built towers in the desert, and digged many wells; for he had much cattle. 2 Chro. xxvi. 10.

    The walls of your garden, without their furniture, look as ill as those of your house; so that you cannot dig up your garden too often. William Temple.

    Be first to dig the ground, be first to burn
    The branches lopt. John Dryden, Virg. Georg. ii.

    A rav’nous vulture in his open’d side,
    Her crooked beak and cruel talons try’d;
    Still for the growing liver digg’d his breast,
    The growing liver still supply’d the feast. John Dryden, Æn.

    It is digged out of even the highest mountains, and indeed all other parts of the earth contingently and indifferently; as the pyrites. John Woodward.

    Nor was the ground alone requir’d to bear
    Her annual income to the crooked share;
    But greedy mortals, rummaging her store,
    Digg’d from her entrails first the precious ore. John Dryden, Ovid.

  2. To Digverb

    To work with a spade; to work in making holes, or turning the ground.

    They long for death, but it cometh not; and dig for it more than far hid treasures. Job iii. 21.

    They have often dug into lands that are described in old authors, as the places where such particular statues or obelisks stood, and have seldom failed of success in their pursuits. Joseph Addison, Travels.


  1. Dig

    Dig is the debut single by the American heavy metal band Mudvayne from the band's debut studio album L. D. 50. A music video was released for the song on April 10, 2000 and it later won the first ever MTV2 Award. It is also one of the band's most well-known songs, being certified gold in the United States A live version of the song taken from the Tattoo the Earth tour appears on the live album Tattoo the Earth: The First Crusade.


  1. dig

    To dig means to break up and move earth, soil, or other materials with a tool or machine, or with hands, paws, or snouts. It can also mean to make efforts to discover facts or information, often about something secret or complex.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Digverb

    to turn up, or delve in, (earth) with a spade or a hoe; to open, loosen, or break up (the soil) with a spade, or other sharp instrument; to pierce, open, or loosen, as if with a spade

  2. Digverb

    to get by digging; as, to dig potatoes, or gold

  3. Digverb

    to hollow out, as a well; to form, as a ditch, by removing earth; to excavate; as, to dig a ditch or a well

  4. Digverb

    to thrust; to poke

  5. Digverb

    to work with a spade or other like implement; to do servile work; to delve

  6. Digverb

    to take ore from its bed, in distinction from making excavations in search of ore

  7. Digverb

    to work like a digger; to study ploddingly and laboriously

  8. Dignoun

    a thrust; a punch; a poke; as, a dig in the side or the ribs. See Dig, v. t., 4

  9. Digverb

    a plodding and laborious student

  10. Etymology: [OE. diggen, perh. the same word as diken, dichen (see Dike, Ditch); cf. Dan. dige to dig, dige a ditch; or (?) akin to E. 1st dag. 67.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Dig

    dig, v.t. to excavate: to turn up the earth: to cultivate with a spade: to poke or thrust, as one's elbow into another's side, or spurs into a horse.—v.i. to till the ground; to occupy one's self in digging; (U.S. slang) to study hard:—pr.p. dig′ging; pa.t. and pa.p. dug, (B.) digged.—n. a thrust, a poke: (U.S. slang) a hard student.—adj. Dig′gable, that may be dug.—n. Dig′ger, a person or animal that digs: a machine for digging, as a steam-digger.—n.pl. Dig′gings, places where mining is carried on, esp. for gold: (slang, orig. American) lodgings, rooms.—Dig in, to cover over by digging: to work hard; Dig out (U.S. slang), to decamp.—Digger Indians, degraded Indian tribes of California and Nevada, who live by digging roots. [Prob. O. Fr. diguer, to dig; of Teut. origin.]

Rap Dictionary

  1. digverb

    To understand; "can you dig it?"

  2. digverb

    To like.

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British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'dig' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3693

  2. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'dig' in Verbs Frequency: #592

Anagrams for dig »

  1. GDI

  2. IgD

  3. gid

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of dig in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of dig in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of dig in a Sentence

  1. Josh Mogerman:

    It's an ongoing race that cities all over the country are constantly needing to dig up and replace and fix that infrastructure.

  2. Kip Clarke:

    It is a micro issue, people can get caught up in academic studies of aggregate unemployment. But you need to dig into the trenches.

  3. Nikki Stratton:

    We have four generations here because of that man. We have 14 people in our family who would n’t necessarily be here without Joe George, we just kept asking, asking and asking and finally someone was able to dig through some of the archives and some of the interviews of the sailors about what happened that day and we found the name Joe George.

  4. Gerald Cecil:

    Like in archeology, you dig and dig to find older and older artifacts until you come upon remnants of a grand civilization.

  5. Cameron Todd:

    The mine never gets any bigger, you just fill in one end and dig out the other. You don't have an oil sands area the size of the city of Calgary.

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