Definition of digs in US English:


plural noun

  • Living quarters.

    ‘they are looking for new digs’
    • ‘He had been able to sell the family house and move into comfortable digs with his son.’
    • ‘If not, well, think of all the time I'll have to redo the new digs.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Cash-strapped students are being urged to weigh up the cost of digs when choosing a university as they vary dramatically around the country.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I got used to sordid digs, ghastly dressing rooms and tatty restaurants in Pitsville.’
    • ‘When I get back to my digs, I climb straight into bed.’
    • ‘Come celebrate our new digs and the spirit of the holiday season with us.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘So it's especially frustrating when your mysteriously marked-down new digs turn out to be haunted by vengeful spirits.’
    • ‘It was implied that it was some sort of intellectual book and so I stuffed it in my bag and forgot about it until I got back to my digs when I discovered that the book was this though not in that binding.’
    • ‘Was nobody else sickened by the spectacle of America's first lady unctuously kissing a TV host and flattering his fey bandleader with phony invitations to come on down the road and drop in at her new digs?’
    • ‘It's always nice to return home, I don't have to pay for any digs.’
    • ‘I got back to my digs, it was about 11: 00 am on a damp Friday morning.’
    • ‘It is an unusual request for lodging, but six Roman soldiers need new digs after they moved out of their historic York home.’
    • ‘At least Nigel has nice new digs now - complete with sunshine views and indoor plants!’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘For over a century the sign ‘No Irish’ was a regular feature in the digs and boarding houses of Britain.’
    • ‘The center's new digs also house recordings, memorabilia, original letters, and first-edition musical scores.’
    • ‘As a bachelor architect designing my own digs, leaving room for them was pretty much at the bottom of the priorities list.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He says: ‘Living away from home in digs helps focus the mind and my focus is now firmly on my role at Warrington.’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Next time somebody gets murdered or decides to blow their head off at your digs, this South Shore resident is the man you'll soon want to call.’
    • ‘I walked back to my digs, light-headed from lack of sleep.’
    • ‘It takes a particularly brave soul to hand over the keys to his carefully and artfully arranged digs for such an extended period of time - especially to someone like me - one of the blogless.’
    • ‘For the record, here's the link to his new digs at Normblog.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Anyhow, I failed to mention yesterday that you should go over and see Miguel at his new digs.’
    • ‘In January, he got together with the company in its new digs to choreograph a new piece, premiering later this year.’
    lodgings, living quarters, quarters, rooms
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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.