- To turn up, or delve in, (earth) with a spade or a hoe; to open, loosen, or break up (the soil) with a spade, or other sharp instrument; to pierce, open, or loosen, as if with a spade."Be first to dig the ground." [Dryden.]
- To get by digging; as, to dig potatoes, or gold.
- To hollow out, as a well; to form, as a ditch, by removing earth; to excavate; as, to dig a ditch or a well.
- To thrust; to poke.(Colloq)"You should have seen children . . . dig and push their mothers under the sides, saying thus to them: Look, mother, how great a lubber doth yet wear pearls." [Robynson (More's Utopia).]
- To like; enjoy; admire.The whole class digs Pearl Jam.(Colloq)
Etymology: OE. diggen, perh. the same word as diken dichensee Dike Ditch); cf. Dan. dige to dig, dige a ditch; or (?) akin to E. 1st dag. √67