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digger

[dig-er] /ˈdɪg ər/
noun
1.
a person or an animal that digs.
2.
a tool, part of a machine, etc., for digging.
3.
(initial capital letter) Disparaging.. Also called Digger Indian. a member of any of several Indian peoples of western North America, especially of a tribe that dug roots for food.
4.
an Australian or New Zealand soldier of World War I.
5.
(initial capital letter) English History. a member of a group that advocated the abolition of private property and began in 1649 to cultivate certain common lands.
6.
Slang. a person hired by a scalper to buy tickets to a show or performance for resale by the scalper at inflated prices.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English; see dig1, -er1
Usage note
White settlers in the latter half of the 19th century used the term Digger to refer especially to the Ute, Paiute, or Western Shoshone, who foraged and dug in the ground for edible wild plants. The term implies that these Indians were considered to be primitive and animal-like.
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British Dictionary definitions for diggers

Diggers

/ˈdɪɡəz/
plural noun
1.
the Diggers, a radical English Puritan group, led by Gerrard Winstanley, which advocated communal ownership of land (1649–50)

digger

/ˈdɪɡə/
noun
1.
a person, animal, or machine that digs
2.
a miner, esp one who digs for gold
3.
a tool or part of a machine used for excavation, esp a mechanical digger fitted with a head for digging trenches

Digger

/ˈdɪɡə/
noun
1.
(sometimes not capital) (archaic, slang)
  1. an Australian or New Zealander, esp a soldier: often used as a term of address
  2. (as modifier): a Digger accent
2.
one of a number of tribes of America whose diet was largely composed of roots dug out of the ground
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Word Origin and History for diggers

digger

n.

mid-15c., "one who digs," agent noun from dig (v.). The communistic movement in England so called from 1649.

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Slang definitions & phrases for diggers

digger

noun
  1. An Australian or New Zealander (WWI Australian and New Zealand)
  2. gold-digger: She was just a plain digger (1920+)
  3. A pickpocket (1930s+)
  4. A person who buys tickets to be sold at prices higher than is legally permitted; scalper: They use diggers, dozens of guys who stand in lines and buy the maximum (1970s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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