What does dig mean?


Cool cats may use dig to mean "like" or "understand." This variant of dig comes from AAVE, but its exact origins remain unknown.

Some suggest that the AAVE version of dig has its roots in a non-English language, such as Wolof or Irish. Others suggest that using dig to mean "like" or "understand" is just a shifting of the word's original English meaning, "to excavate."

Whatever the word's origins, this variant version of dig appears to be here to stay. Even now, people may ask "You dig?," meaning "Do you understand?," or they may say "I really dig that," meaning "I really like that."


Gosh, I dig him so much. I hope he likes me, too

Yeah, man. I dig

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Updated October 4, 2021

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