- 1[intransitive] fossick (through something) to search through something He spent ages fossicking through the documents.
- 2[intransitive] to search for gold in mines that are no longer used Word Origin mid 19th cent. (referring to mining): probably from the English dialect sense ‘obtain by asking’ (i.e. “ferret out”).
BrE BrE//ˈfɒsɪk//; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɑːsɪk//(Australian English, New Zealand English, informal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they fossick
BrE BrE//ˈfɒsɪk//; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɑːsɪk//he / she / it fossicks
BrE BrE//ˈfɒsɪks//; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɑːsɪks//past simple fossicked
BrE BrE//ˈfɒsɪkt//; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɑːsɪkt//past participle fossicked
BrE BrE//ˈfɒsɪkt//; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɑːsɪkt//-ing form fossicking
BrE BrE//ˈfɒsɪkɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɑːsɪkɪŋ//