For what store of such hath bene in times past, the roots yet found and digged out of the ground doo yeld sufficient triall.
I have been trying to construe them, and no gold had ever to be digged out through more stubborn rocks.
If she stayed longe or got litle, then all went to seeking of shel-fish, which at low-water they digged out of ye sands.
In a sandy slope facing northwards Kasim digged out cool sand in which we burrowed stark naked with only our heads out.
early 14c. (diggen), of uncertain origin, perhaps related to dike and ditch, either via Old French diguer (ultimately from a Germanic source), or directly from an unrecorded Old English word. Native words were deolfan (see delve), grafan (see grave (v.)).
Slang sense of "understand" first recorded 1934 in Black English, probably based on the notion of "excavate." A slightly varied sense of "appreciate" emerged 1939. Strong past participle dug appeared 16c., but is not etymological. Related: Digging.
late 17c. as "a tool for digging," from dig (v.). Meaning "archaeological expedition" is from 1896. Meaning "thrust or poke" (as with an elbow) is from 1819; figurative sense of this is from 1840.
[the cool senses, originally black, are probably related to the early 19th-century sense, ''study hard, strive to understand'']