gravedigger also grave-digger, 1590s, from GRAVE (Cf. grave) (n.) + agent noun from DIG (Cf. dig) (v.).

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  • Gravedigger — Grave dig ger, n. 1. A digger of graves. [1913 Webster] 2. (Zo[ o]l.) See {Burying beetle}, under {Bury}, v. t. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • gravedigger — [grāv′dig΄ər] n. a person whose work is digging graves …   English World dictionary

  • Gravedigger — For other uses of gravedigger or Grave Digger , see gravedigger (disambiguation). A gravedigger is a cemetery worker responsible for digging graves used in the process of burial.FossorsFossor (plural Fossors) or Fossarius (plural Fossarii), from… …   Wikipedia

  • gravedigger — UK [ˈɡreɪvˌdɪɡə(r)] / US [ˈɡreɪvˌdɪɡər] noun [countable] Word forms gravedigger : singular gravedigger plural gravediggers someone whose job is to dig graves …   English dictionary

  • gravedigger — [[t]gre͟ɪvdɪgə(r)[/t]] gravediggers N COUNT A gravedigger is a person whose job is to dig the graves in which dead people can be buried …   English dictionary

  • gravedigger — n. 1 a person who digs graves. 2 (in full gravedigger beetle) a sexton beetle …   Useful english dictionary

  • gravedigger — /grayv dig euhr/, n. 1. a person whose occupation is digging graves. 2. See burying beetle. [1585 95; GRAVE1 + DIGGER] * * * …   Universalium

  • gravedigger — noun A person employed to dig graves …   Wiktionary

  • gravedigger — grave|dig|ger [ˈgreıvˌdıgə US ər] n someone whose job is to dig graves …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • gravedigger — grave|dig|ger [ greıv,dıgər ] noun count someone whose job is to dig graves …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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