Definition of digger in English:

digger

Pronunciation /ˈdiɡər/ /ˈdɪɡər/

Translate digger into Spanish

noun

  • 1A person, animal, or large machine that digs earth.

    in combination ‘a grave-digger’
    • ‘As men and women watched in tears, the diggers quickly dumped earth on top.’
    • ‘Already several lagoons have formed in areas where the diggers have removed earth for a new flood bank set 500 metres inland.’
    • ‘The driver of the digger jumped from the machine just before the engine collided with it.’
    • ‘At my next visit to the orchard the site was simply bare red soil, fenced and waiting, watched over by earth moving equipment: diggers, graders, tractors.’
    • ‘Our exercise machines are post-hole diggers, shovels, rakes, push mowers, and wheelbarrows.’
    • ‘From the wound in the earth the diggers threw out yellow, sticky clay.’
    • ‘Some animals are diggers so you want to put screen under your deck or porch.’
    • ‘The Show's trades stand section included an extensive display of jeeps, tractors, diggers and other farm machinery such as combine harvesters and slurry spreaders.’
    • ‘The only sound was that of the digger's massive engine as the machine moved forward and crushed the wooden fence at the end of the former front garden.’
    • ‘The pipeline laying began with two separate crews, each with around 180 men, working on trench diggers, banding machines, pipe-liners, welders, bulldozers and trucks.’
    • ‘This cost him dearly with one of his most practical machines - the trench digger.’
    • ‘It appeared as if they used the bucket of the digger to try and lift the ATM machine off the ground.’
    • ‘A small digger lifts up mounds of it and spreads it on the ground.’
    • ‘Mass graves are being dug with mechanical diggers.’
    • ‘They are also interested in the production of mechanical diggers because they remember Bulgaria's production of these goods.’
    • ‘Local Gardaí received a complaint from the local Church of Ireland rector on February 6 that many graves had been damaged by what appeared to be a mechanical digger.’
    • ‘Since a mechanical digger is no substitute for a trowel, this is not happening.’
    • ‘Last Tuesday morning the diggers arrived to scrape away earth to form 14 rectangular patches of soil opposite the residents' homes.’
    • ‘And as the diggers began clawing back the earth, workers unearthed old tram lines.’
    • ‘He thought of himself and his fellow engineers at the Cape as ditch diggers: They would be glad to dig any ditch anybody wanted when someone told them how wide, how deep, in which direction, and by when.’
    1. 1.1US offensive A North American Indian of any of several tribes that subsisted on roots dug from the ground.
  • 2Australian, New Zealand informal A man, especially a private soldier (often used as a friendly form of address)

    • ‘how are you, Digger?’
    • ‘When faced with the common question of what a digger does after the war, he is blunt and to the point - ‘I did every-bloody-thing’.’
    • ‘Why is it that a soldier may be charged for not shaving daily, but is rarely asked by a commander ‘Did you brush you teeth today, digger?’’
    • ‘‘Either we're not paying these diggers enough or we are bankrolling the most gullible army in the world.’’
    • ‘Their willingness to lend a hand and to help a mate typifies the spirit of the Aussie digger and the ethos of the Australian Army.’
    • ‘He guided the young diggers and carried the unit's name very close to his heart.’
    • ‘These diggers are keen, and while they might not get to do this as much as the ARA sappers, they showed they want to learn and improve their skills.’
    • ‘Being a deployed ‘combat Q-ie’ means you're a well liked bloke when things are good, but not having enough stores and equipment to provide to the diggers can soon change that.’
    • ‘The courage shown by the young Australian diggers, airmen and sailors should be remembered and respected.’
    • ‘‘I also spoke to two diggers who had been captured by the Germans, and they gave me an insight into the event itself and the ethos they felt,’ he said.’
    • ‘The warm welcome was also extended to helping the Australians get their terminal operations functioning, which allowed the diggers to swing straight into action.’
    • ‘If they introduce it, it will have to be across the board, it can't be just targeted at the diggers.’
    • ‘Three diggers were among the 450 runners that started the race at 6am to avoid the 40C heat that is common towards the middle of the day.’
    • ‘Then, as they approached the docks, the diggers stared in awe at the remains of the once-mighty Imperial Japanese Navy.’
    • ‘Can the diggers observe and engage targets in relative safety?’
    • ‘As we stood above the huge ravine I could not even imagine how our diggers survived in such a place.’
    • ‘The ability of the Australian digger to think for himself and improvise is something that lots of other armies just don't have.’
    • ‘I expect that the traditional qualities of the Australian digger, resolve, strength and compassion, will sustain us in the testing days to come.’
    • ‘The low humming from the engine of our landing craft was just audible over the chatter of the diggers she carried.’
    • ‘If a person does not wish to be interviewed that is there absolute right, and there are several thousand dead diggers from several wars who died for that right to exist.’
    • ‘The raid by guards on the stockade set up by diggers in the Victorian goldfields only lasted an hour.’
    private soldier, common soldier