from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To search for gold, especially by reworking washings or waste piles.
- intransitive v. To rummage or search around, especially for a possible profit.
- transitive v. To search for by or as if by rummaging.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To ferret out; to elicit information.
- v. To search for gold, gems, etc., on the surface or in abandonded workings.
- v. To search for something; to rummage.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To search for gold by picking at stone or earth or among roots in isolated spots, picking over abandoned workings, etc.; hence, to steal gold or auriferous matter from another's claim.
- intransitive v. To search about; to rummage.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To be troublesome.
- In gold-digging, to undermine another's digging; search for waste gold in relinquished workings, washing-places, etc.; hence, to search for any object by which to make gain: as, to fossick for clients.
- n. A troublesome person.
English dialectal, to find out, dig up.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)