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See also: digger
- Rhymes: -ɪɡə(r)
- (Can this(+) etymology be sourced?) Derived from Australian Colonial goldfields terminology. The term represents the mateship of common interests and activities where most of the population were gold miners, and almost everybody was a mate, a "digger", with a common cause against the troopers, the traps, the mining licence inspectors.
Digger (plural Diggers)
- A soldier from Australia or New Zealand.
- (historical) One of a group of Protestant English agrarian communists, begun by Gerrard Winstanley as "True Levellers" in 1649.
- (obsolete, derogatory) One of a degraded tribe of California Native Americans who dug up roots for food.
A soldier from Australia or New Zealand