Definition of fossick verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    fossick

     verb
    verb
    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//
     
     
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  1. 1[intransitive] fossick (through something) to search through something He spent ages fossicking through the documents.
  2. 2[intransitive] to search for gold in mines that are no longer used
  3. Word Origin mid 19th cent. (referring to mining): probably from the English dialect sense ‘obtain by asking’ (i.e. “ferret out”).