- a person or thing that digs; specif., any tool or machine for digging
- ⌂ a member of any of several North American Indian peoples of the SW U.S. that dug roots for food: often a disparaging term, esp. in historical contexts
- digger wasp
- Slang an Australian or New Zealander, esp. one who is a soldier
- a. A person or animal that digs: a digger of gardens; a digger for information.b. A tool or machine used for digging or excavating.
- often Digger Informal a. A soldier from Australia in World War I and World War II.b. A soldier from New Zealand in World War I.
- also Digger or Digger Indian Offensive Used as a disparaging term, especially in the 1800s, for a member of any of various Native American peoples of the Great Basin, such as the Utes, Paiutes, and Western Shoshones.
Origin of diggerSense 3, from their use of digging sticks as foraging tools.
Derived from dig.
- (Australian soldier): Attributed to the considerable time that soldiers spent digging trenches during World War I.
- Derived from Australian Colonial goldfields terminology. The term represents the mateship of common interests and activities where most of the population were gold miners, and almost everybody was a mate, a "digger", with a common cause against the troopers, the traps, the mining licence inspectors.