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[dig-ingz for 1–3; dig-uh nz for 4] /ˈdɪg ɪŋz for 1–3; ˈdɪg ənz for 4/
(usually used with a singular verb) a place where digging is carried on.
(used with a plural verb) a mining operation or locality.
(used with a plural verb) something that is removed from an excavation.
(used with a plural verb) Chiefly British Informal. dig1 (def 15).
Origin of diggings
1530-40; dig1 + -ing1 + -s3 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for diggings
  • Look for fresh diggings left by nine-banded armadillos.
  • The first mines were mostly surface diggings done by manual labor with pick and shovel.
  • Chief among their projects was construction of ditches and flumes to divert water to the diggings.
  • In the winter when badgers are prime, and the weather is cold, check the hole for fresh diggings.
  • During the gold rush, it was used by thousands of miners going to and from the diggings.
  • The blaster may think that he or she has to break a lot of tough granite, when really there is soft dirt from old diggings.
  • During the year, reports of new strikes caused the miners to stampede to new diggings.
  • At night, water was allowed to run through the ditch to wash away the loose debris from that day's diggings.
  • However, several areas have recently been discovered where looters have covered up their diggings with brush.
  • In times of drought, further damage can occur to root systems of plants as evidenced by pock-marked diggings by prairie dogs.
British Dictionary definitions for diggings


plural noun
(functioning as pl) material that has been dug out
(functioning as singular or pl) a place where mining, esp gold mining, has taken place
(functioning as pl) (Brit, informal) a less common name for digs
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Slang definitions & phrases for diggings

digs 1


Lodgings; quarters: Your digs, or mine? (1890s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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