digger
Pronunciation
  • (America) IPA: /ˈdɪɡɚ/
  • (RP) IPA: /ˈdɪɡə/
Noun

digger (plural diggers)

  1. A large piece of machinery that digs holes or trenches; an excavator.
  2. A tool for digging.
  3. A spade (playing card).
  4. One who digs.
    • 2005, Gary R. Sampson, Dick Wolfsie, Dog Dilemmas: Simple Solutions to Everyday Problems, [http://books.google.com.au/books?id=NFw1f3zrZV8C&pg=PA130&dq=%22digger%22|%22diggers%22+-intitle:%22digger|diggers%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=HLw8T6fqAYrEmQWFy7XZBw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22digger%22|%22diggers%22%20-intitle%3A%22digger|diggers%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 130],
      Most retrievers are not inveterate diggers — that′s a trait usually reserved for other breeds like wire-haired terriers and schnauzers.
  5. (Australia, obsolete) A gold miner, one who digs for gold.
  6. (Australia, dated) An informal nickname for a friend; used as a term of endearment.
  7. (Australia, informal) An Australian soldier.
    • 2002, Jeff Doyle, Jeffrey Grey, Peter Pierce, Australia's Vietnam War, [http://books.google.com.au/books?id=8Bx1ra17eH8C&pg=PR23&dq=%22digger%22|%22diggers%22+soldier+-intitle:%22digger|diggers%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=VtU8T6ykG5HumAWknpjGBw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22digger%22|%22diggers%22%20soldier%20-intitle%3A%22digger|diggers%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page xxiii],
      For many, the congruencies of the Anzac legend and the diggers who served in Vietnam were slight, too slight, and the legend seemed unable to accommodate them.
    • 2004, Lisanne Gibson, Joanna Besley, Monumental Queensland: Signposts on a Cultural Landscape, [http://books.google.com.au/books?id=3pFHr9ilvtoC&pg=PA99&dq=%22digger%22|%22diggers%22+soldier+-intitle:%22digger|diggers%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=B8U8T4LmMarPmAXoofS5Bw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22digger%22|%22diggers%22%20soldier%20-intitle%3A%22digger|diggers%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 99],
      Like many other Queensland communities, the workers from the North Ipswich Railway Workshops chose a statue of a soldier, or digger, to honour their fellow workers.
Translations
Digger
Pronunciation
  • (GA) IPA: /ˈdɪɡɚ/
  • (RP) IPA: /ˈdɪɡə/
Noun

digger (plural diggers)

  1. A soldier from Australia or New Zealand.
  2. (historical) One of a group of Protestant English agrarian communists, begun by Gerrard Winstanley as "True Levellers" in 1649.
  3. (obsolete, derogatory) One of a degraded tribe of California Native Americans who dug up roots for food.



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