Dig Definition

Define what is Dig?

1. archeological site, dig, excavation (noun)

the site of an archeological exploration.

  • they set up camp next to the dig.

land site, site noun
the piece of land on which something is located (or is to be located).

2. cut into, delve, dig, turn over (verb)

turn up, loosen, or remove earth.

  • Dig we must.
  • turn over the soil for aeration.

remove, take away, withdraw, take verb
remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract.


furrow, groove, rut verb
hollow out in the form of a furrow or groove.

rootle, rout, root verb
dig with the snout.

spade verb
dig (up) with a spade.

shovel verb
dig with or as if with a shovel.

trowel verb
use a trowel on; for light garden work or plaster work.

burrow, tunnel verb
move through by or as by digging.

3. dig, dig out (verb)

create by digging.

  • dig a hole.
  • dig out a channel.
Synonyms: dig out

core out, hollow out, hollow verb
remove the interior of.


lift verb
take (root crops) out of the ground.

trench verb
dig a trench or trenches.

dibble verb
make a hole with a wooden hand tool.

4. barb, gibe, jibe, dig, shaft, slam, shot (noun)

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.
Synonyms: barb, gibe, jibe, shaft, slam, shot

comment, remark, input noun
a statement that expresses a personal opinion or belief or adds information.


cheap shot noun
an unnecessarily aggressive and unfair remark directed at a defenseless person.

5. dig (noun)

a small gouge (as in the cover of a book).

  • the book was in good condition except for a dig in the back cover.

gouge, nick, ding, dent noun
an impression in a surface (as made by a blow).

6. drudge, Labour, moil, toil, travail, fag, Labor, dig, grind (verb)

work hard.

  • She was digging away at her math homework.
  • Lexicographers drudge all day long.

do work, work verb
be employed.

7. digging, excavation, dig (noun)

the act of digging.

  • there's an interesting excavation going on near Princeton.
Synonyms: digging, excavation

creating by removal noun
the act of creating by removing something.

8. dig out, dig up, dig (verb)

remove, harvest, or recover by digging.

  • dig salt.
  • dig coal.
Synonyms: dig out, dig up

excavate, unearth verb
recover through digging.

9. jab, dig (noun)

the act of touching someone suddenly with your finger or elbow.

  • she gave me a sharp dig in the ribs.
Synonyms: jab

touching, touch noun
the act of putting two things together with no space between them.

10. dig (verb)

thrust down or into.

  • dig the oars into the water.
  • dig your foot into the floor.

thrust verb
push forcefully.

11. hollow, excavate, dig (verb)

remove the inner part or the core of.

  • the mining company wants to excavate the hillside.
Synonyms: hollow, excavate

remove, take away, withdraw, take verb
remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract.


drive verb
excavate horizontally.

trench, ditch verb
cut a trench in, as for drainage.

12. jab, poke, prod, stab, dig (verb)

poke or thrust abruptly.

  • he jabbed his finger into her ribs.
Synonyms: jab, poke, prod, stab

thrust verb
push forcefully.

13. apprehend, comprehend, get the picture, grok, savvy, grasp, compass, dig (verb)

get the meaning of something.

  • Do you comprehend the meaning of this letter?.

understand verb
know and comprehend the nature or meaning of.


figure verb

catch on, cotton on, get it, get onto, get wise, twig, latch on, tumble verb
understand, usually after some initial difficulty.

intuit verb
know or grasp by intuition or feeling.

digest verb
arrange and integrate in the mind.

Nearby Terms

dig in (verb)
occupy a trench or secured area

dig into (verb)
examine physically with or as if with a probe

dig out (verb)
remove, harvest, or recover by digging

dig up (verb)
find by digging in the ground

digenesis (noun)
alternation of sexual and asexual generations

digest (noun)
a periodical that summarizes the news

digester (noun)
autoclave consisting of a vessel in which plant or animal materials are digested

digestibility (noun)
the property of being easy to digest

digestible (adjective)
capable of being converted into assimilable condition in the alimentary canal

digestibleness (noun)
the property of being easy to digest

digestion (noun)
the process of decomposing organic matter (as in sewage) by bacteria or by chemical action or heat

digestive (noun)
any substance that promotes digestion

digestive fluid (noun)
secretions that aid digestion

digestive gland (noun)
any gland having ducts that pour secretions into the digestive tract

digestive juice (noun)
secretions that aid digestion