dig

Definitions

General English

Cricket

  • noun an innings
    Citation ‘Tasmania … looked solid until Tim May’s spin found them out as the Test offie took 5/42 in their second dig total of 123’ (Australian Cricket October 1993)
    Citation ‘The teams seemed close to parity as the New Zealanders contemplated their second dig’ (Haigh 2005)

Media Studies

  • verb to do deep research for a journalistic piece

Slang

  • verb to understand, appreciate or enjoy. A word from the slang of American swing and jazz musicians which was adopted by the beat generation and thence by teenagers all over the English-speaking world. It is now almost always used ironically or facetiously (except in the question form, ‘you dig?’). The ultimate origin is perhaps a metaphorical or religious sense of dig (into), meaning ‘to apply oneself to (a task)’.

Economics

  • acronym fordisability income guarantee
    (written as DIG)

Origin & History of “dig”

The origins of dig are not altogether clear. It does not appear to have existed in Old English, although it has been speculated that there was an Old English verb *dīcigian, never recorded, derived from dīc ‘ditch’ (the standard Old English verbs for ‘dig’ were delfan and grafan, whence modern English delve and grave). Another theory is that it was borrowed from Old French diguer ‘make a dyke, hollow out the earth’. this was a derivative of the noun digue ‘dyke’, which itself was borrowed from a Germanic source that also produced Old English dīc (and indeed modern English dyke).
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