Definition of digs in English:


plural noun

  • Lodgings.

    • ‘I got used to sordid digs, ghastly dressing rooms and tatty restaurants in Pitsville.’
    • ‘He had many funny tales to tell from the landlady who put a bunch of asparagus in a vase thinking they were bluebells to the disgruntled guests who put a kipper in the piano by way of a leaving present in some not very good digs.’
    • ‘University might seem too civilised an environment for fighting, but when you move into digs, you will realise how easy you had it at home.’
    • ‘He just wanted to train, play or go back to his digs or home to Dudley.’
    • ‘Going to university or college, whether you commute and live with your parents or hunker down in student digs, changes the amount of time and money and energy you have, and it changes you as a person.’
    • ‘We met some great people who that had come from all over the world for this festival, and realised that we were lucky to have somewhere to stay, as some people had booked six months in advance for digs.’
    • ‘It is an unusual request for lodging, but six Roman soldiers need new digs after they moved out of their historic York home.’
    • ‘For over a century the sign ‘No Irish’ was a regular feature in the digs and boarding houses of Britain.’
    • ‘Cash-strapped students are being urged to weigh up the cost of digs when choosing a university as they vary dramatically around the country.’
    • ‘I needed an excuse to spend as little time as possible in my shared digs, and so I spent most evenings round at his bedsit, chatting and smoking.’
    • ‘It's always nice to return home, I don't have to pay for any digs.’
    • ‘But it's always the same at end of term as students pack up their digs before going home to their parents.’
    • ‘Saturday night I got back to my digs walked into my room and it was tidy.’
    • ‘He says that when he was starting out as a young actor, he never seemed to have enough money to find comfortable digs while touring in repertory.’
    • ‘He says: ‘Living away from home in digs helps focus the mind and my focus is now firmly on my role at Warrington.’’
    • ‘He had been able to sell the family house and move into comfortable digs with his son.’
    • ‘I was in digs with him and he could have earned a fortune - far more than he did from soccer - from opening dance halls or shops or whatever.’
    • ‘Moving away from home was hard, but he copes with digs which he shares with two other young Celtic hopefuls and he gets to see family and friends at weekends.’
    • ‘Then, at the beginning of 1994, he left Ireland for Nottingham, trained with the English national squad and put his head down in the attic room of a cheap digs.’
    • ‘As a music journalist in scruffy digs by Victoria station he was asked by an American producer to suggest some local bands to supply soundtrack music for a movie.’
    lodgings, living quarters, quarters, rooms
    accommodation, billet
    lodging place, bedsit, flat, apartment, house, home
    pad, place
    abode, dwelling, dwelling place, residence, domicile, habitation
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Late 19th century: short for diggings, used in the same sense, probably referring to the land where a farmer digs, i.e. works and, by extension, lives.