- Present participle of dig.
Variant of dig
transitive verbdug, digging
- to break and turn up or remove (ground, etc.) with a spade or other tool, or with hands, claws, snout, etc.
- to make (a hole, cellar, one's way, etc.) by or as by doing this
- to uncover and get from the ground or another surface in this way: to dig potatoes, to dig a nail out of a board
- ☆ to find out, as by careful study or investigation; unearth: usually with up or out: to dig out the truth
- to thrust, jab, or prod: to dig an elbow into someone's ribs
- ☆ Slang
- to understand
- to approve of or like
- to notice; look at: dig that shirt!
Origin of digMiddle English diggen ; from Anglo-French an unverified form diguer ; from Old French digue, dike ; from Dutch dijk: see dike
- to dig the ground or any surface
- to make a way by or as by digging (through, into, under)
- ☆ Informal to work or study hard
- the act of digging
- Informal a thrust, poke, nudge, etc.
- Informal a sarcastic comment; taunt; gibe
- an archaeological excavation or its site
- Chiefly Brit., Informal living quarters; lodgings
- to dig trenches or foxholes for cover
- to entrench oneself
- to begin to work intensively
- to begin eating
dig in one's heels
Informal to refuse to give up or modify one's opinion, policy, attitude, etc., esp. when faced with opposition
- to penetrate by or as by digging
- Informal to work hard at