(noun, verb)


1. the site of an archeological exploration

- they set up camp next to the dig

Similar word(s): excavation

Definition categories: location, site

2. an aggressive remark directed at a person like a missile and intended to have a telling effect

- she takes a dig at me every chance she gets

Similar word(s): barb, gibe, jibe, shaft, shot, slam

Definition categories: communication, comment, input, remark

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

Definition categories: attribute, dent, ding, gouge, nick

4. the act of digging

Similar word(s): digging, excavation

Definition categories: act

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

- she gave me a sharp dig in the ribs

Similar word(s): jab

Definition categories: act, touch, touching

Sentences with dig as a noun:

- He guffawed and gave me a dig in the ribs after telling his latest joke.


1. turn up, loosen, or remove earth

- Dig we must

Similar word(s): delve

Definition categories: contact, remove, take, withdraw

2. create by digging

- dig a hole

- dig out a channel

Definition categories: contact, hollow

3. work hard

- She was digging away at her math homework

Similar word(s): drudge, grind, labor, labour, moil, toil, travail

Definition categories: social, work

4. remove, harvest, or recover by digging

- dig salt

- dig coal

Definition categories: perception, excavate, unearth

5. thrust down or into

- dig the oars into the water

- dig your foot into the floor

Definition categories: motion, thrust

6. remove the inner part or the core of

Similar word(s): excavate, hollow

Definition categories: contact, remove, take, withdraw

7. poke or thrust abruptly

Similar word(s): jab, poke, prod, stab

Definition categories: contact, thrust

8. get the meaning of something

Similar word(s): apprehend, compass, comprehend, grasp, grok, savvy

Definition categories: cognition, understand

Sentences with dig as a verb:

- 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.

- My seven-year-old son always digs a hole in the middle of his mashed potatoes and fills it with gravy before he starts to eat them.

- to dig potatoes;

- to dig up evidence;

- You dig?

- Baby, I dig you.