Definition of digger in English:

digger

noun

  • 1A person, animal, or large machine that digs earth.

    in combination ‘a grave-digger’
    • ‘Our exercise machines are post-hole diggers, shovels, rakes, push mowers, and wheelbarrows.’
    • ‘The Show's trades stand section included an extensive display of jeeps, tractors, diggers and other farm machinery such as combine harvesters and slurry spreaders.’
    • ‘A small digger lifts up mounds of it and spreads it on the ground.’
    • ‘As men and women watched in tears, the diggers quickly dumped earth on top.’
    • ‘The pipeline laying began with two separate crews, each with around 180 men, working on trench diggers, banding machines, pipe-liners, welders, bulldozers and trucks.’
    • ‘And as the diggers began clawing back the earth, workers unearthed old tram lines.’
    • ‘It appeared as if they used the bucket of the digger to try and lift the ATM machine off the ground.’
    • ‘Mass graves are being dug with mechanical diggers.’
    • ‘They are also interested in the production of mechanical diggers because they remember Bulgaria's production of these goods.’
    • ‘The only sound was that of the digger's massive engine as the machine moved forward and crushed the wooden fence at the end of the former front garden.’
    • ‘This cost him dearly with one of his most practical machines - the trench digger.’
    • ‘The driver of the digger jumped from the machine just before the engine collided with it.’
    • ‘Already several lagoons have formed in areas where the diggers have removed earth for a new flood bank set 500 metres inland.’
    • ‘He thought of himself and his fellow engineers at the Cape as ditch diggers: They would be glad to dig any ditch anybody wanted when someone told them how wide, how deep, in which direction, and by when.’
    • ‘Local Gardaí received a complaint from the local Church of Ireland rector on February 6 that many graves had been damaged by what appeared to be a mechanical digger.’
    • ‘At my next visit to the orchard the site was simply bare red soil, fenced and waiting, watched over by earth moving equipment: diggers, graders, tractors.’
    • ‘From the wound in the earth the diggers threw out yellow, sticky clay.’
    • ‘Some animals are diggers so you want to put screen under your deck or porch.’
    • ‘Since a mechanical digger is no substitute for a trowel, this is not happening.’
    • ‘Last Tuesday morning the diggers arrived to scrape away earth to form 14 rectangular patches of soil opposite the residents' homes.’
    1. 1.1US offensive A North American Indian of any of several tribes that subsisted on roots dug from the ground.
  • 2NZ Australian informal A man, especially a private soldier (often used as a friendly form of address)

    ‘how are you, Digger?’
    • ‘The low humming from the engine of our landing craft was just audible over the chatter of the diggers she carried.’
    • ‘‘Either we're not paying these diggers enough or we are bankrolling the most gullible army in the world.’’
    • ‘These diggers are keen, and while they might not get to do this as much as the ARA sappers, they showed they want to learn and improve their skills.’
    • ‘When faced with the common question of what a digger does after the war, he is blunt and to the point - ‘I did every-bloody-thing’.’
    • ‘The ability of the Australian digger to think for himself and improvise is something that lots of other armies just don't have.’
    • ‘The raid by guards on the stockade set up by diggers in the Victorian goldfields only lasted an hour.’
    • ‘Can the diggers observe and engage targets in relative safety?’
    • ‘Why is it that a soldier may be charged for not shaving daily, but is rarely asked by a commander ‘Did you brush you teeth today, digger?’’
    • ‘Being a deployed ‘combat Q-ie’ means you're a well liked bloke when things are good, but not having enough stores and equipment to provide to the diggers can soon change that.’
    • ‘I expect that the traditional qualities of the Australian digger, resolve, strength and compassion, will sustain us in the testing days to come.’
    • ‘The courage shown by the young Australian diggers, airmen and sailors should be remembered and respected.’
    • ‘‘I also spoke to two diggers who had been captured by the Germans, and they gave me an insight into the event itself and the ethos they felt,’ he said.’
    • ‘The warm welcome was also extended to helping the Australians get their terminal operations functioning, which allowed the diggers to swing straight into action.’
    • ‘Their willingness to lend a hand and to help a mate typifies the spirit of the Aussie digger and the ethos of the Australian Army.’
    • ‘Then, as they approached the docks, the diggers stared in awe at the remains of the once-mighty Imperial Japanese Navy.’
    • ‘If they introduce it, it will have to be across the board, it can't be just targeted at the diggers.’
    • ‘If a person does not wish to be interviewed that is there absolute right, and there are several thousand dead diggers from several wars who died for that right to exist.’
    • ‘He guided the young diggers and carried the unit's name very close to his heart.’
    • ‘As we stood above the huge ravine I could not even imagine how our diggers survived in such a place.’
    • ‘Three diggers were among the 450 runners that started the race at 6am to avoid the 40C heat that is common towards the middle of the day.’
    private soldier, common soldier
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Pronunciation

digger

/ˈdiɡər//ˈdɪɡər/