Gold Digger

What does it mean?

Someone who uses others just to get their money

A gold digger is someone who gets involved with another person mainly for their money. Often, this term is used to describe young women who choose to date or marry wealthy, older guys. But, it’s not just women – anyone who seeks out a love interest for their cash can be tagged a gold digger.

This term was popularized by the 2005 chart-topping song ‘Gold Digger’ by Kanye West, featuring Ray Charles. The song talks about a typical gold digger and her relationship with a loaded man.

So, when you hear someone being called a gold digger, they are not being complimented. It means they are seen as only interested in their partner’s bank balance, not their heart.

Example for using ‘Gold Digger’ in a conversation

Hey, did you hear about Lisa?

No, what happened?

Well, she started dating that new guy, Mark.

Oh, really? Is he nice?

I’m not sure. Some people are calling him a gold digger.

What’s a gold digger?

It’s someone who dates someone else just for their money.

Oh, I see. I hope Lisa knows what she’s doing.