Definition of dig noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//dɪɡ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪɡ//
    see also digs
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  1. 1a small push with your finger or elbow She gave him a dig in the ribs.
  2. 2dig (at somebody/something) a remark that is intended to annoy or upset somebody He kept making sly little digs at me. to have a dig at somebody/something
  3. 3an occasion when an organized group of people dig in the ground to discover old buildings or objects, in order to find out more about their history synonym excavation to go on a dig an archaeological dig
  4. Word OriginMiddle English: perhaps from Old English dīc ‘ditch’.Extra examples I resisted the temptation to get in a sly dig at Fred. I shared digs with him for two years. I went on a dig over the summer. It’s difficult to get digs in Manchester because there are so many students. She gave him a sharp dig in the ribs. The dig revealed the site of a Roman villa. They were having a little dig at her about the way she tells everybody else what to do.
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