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1 the site of an archeological exploration; "they set up camp next to the dig" [syn: excavation, archeological site]
2 an aggressive remark directed at a person like a missile and intended to have a telling effect; "his parting shot was `drop dead'"; "she threw shafts of sarcasm"; "she takes a dig at me every chance she gets" [syn: shot, shaft, slam, barb, jibe, gibe]
3 a small gouge (as in the cover of a book); "the book was in good condition except for a dig in the back cover"
4 the act of digging; "there's an interesting excavation going on near Princeton" [syn: excavation, digging]
5 the act of touching someone suddenly with your finger or elbow; "she gave me a sharp dig in the ribs" [syn: jab]


1 turn up, loosen, or remove earth; "Dig we must"; "turn over the soil for aeration" [syn: delve, cut into, turn over]
2 create by digging; "dig a hole"; "dig out a channel" [syn: dig out]
3 work hard; "She was digging away at her math homework"; "Lexicographers drudge all day long" [syn: labor, labour, toil, fag, travail, grind, drudge, moil]
4 remove the inner part or the core of; "the mining company wants to excavate the hillsite" [syn: excavate, hollow]
5 poke or thrust abruptly; "he jabbed his finger into her ribs" [syn: jab, prod, stab, poke]
6 get the meaning of something; "Do you comprehend the meaning of this letter?" [syn: get the picture, comprehend, savvy, grasp, compass, apprehend] [also: dug, digging]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • /dɪg/, /dIg/
  • Rhymes: -ɪɡ


From Middle English diggen, probably cognate with dike, ditch, Dutch dijk, French digue, diguer, German Deich, Romanian dig, Spanish dique, etc.


  1. To move hard-packed earth out of the way, especially downward to make a hole with a shovel. Or to drill etc. through rocks, roads, etc.
    They dug an eight foot deep ditch along the side of the road.
    In the wintertime, heavy truck tires dig into the road, forming potholes.
    If the plane can't pull out of the dive it is in, it'll dig a hole in the ground.
  2. To research a particular subject.
    She is going to dig into Egyptian basket-weaving this semester.
  3. To appreciate, or like.
    Baby, I dig you.
  4. To understand or show interest in.
    You dig?


to move hard-packed earth out of the way
  • Danish: grave
  • Dutch: graven, delven
  • Finnish: kaivaa
  • German: graben
  • Hebrew: לחפור (lakhpor)
  • Japanese: (, horu)
  • Kurdish: ,
  • Polish: kopać, wykopywać
  • Russian: копать (kopát’) , рыть (ryt')
  • Slovene: kopati
  • Spanish: excavar, ahondar
  • Swedish: gräva
to research a particular subject
(slang) to appreciate, or like
(slang) to understand or show interest in



archeological investigation



  1. you (informal, s, acc.)



Alternative spellings

  • dej (strongly colloquial)


  1. you (objective case, singular)
    Jag såg dig aldrig där = I never saw you there
  2. reflexive case of du; c.f. yourself
    Skulle du vilja lära dig jonglera? = Would you like to learn how to juggle?
    Skar du dig på kniven? = Did you cut yourself on the knife?

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Usage notes

Note that some verbs have special senses when used reflexively. For example, do not confuse du lär dig att... ("you learn to...") [reflexive] while jag lär dig att... ("I teach you to...") and du lär dig själv att... ("you teach yourself to..."). Here, lär means teach(es) if it is not reflexive, but learn(s) if it is reflexive. Hence the need for the separate pronoun "dig själv" to be used when object and subject agree, but the verb nevertheless should not be used in the reflexive case.

Extensive Definition

Dig may refer to:



See also

dig in German: DIG
dig in French: Dig
dig in Italian: DIG

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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