transitive verb dug, 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!
ME diggen < Anglo-Fr *diguer < OFr digue, dike < Du dijk: see dike