- a plant or animal that lives on or close to the ground.
- any of various fishes that live at the bottom of the water.
- a spectator, reader, or other person of unsophisticated or uncultivated tastes; an uncritical or uncultured person.
- a member of a theater audience who sits in one of the cheaper seats.
Origin of groundling
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Examples from the Web for groundling
Pumpkins are among the most imposing of all groundling growths.The Girl of the Period and Other Social Essays, Vol. I (of 2)
Eliza Lynn Linton
Nevertheless, the contempt inspired by the groundling served the Englishman in good stead at a critical moment.The Great Mogul
But the gentleman, now coming up the drive, was not in the proper frame of mind for groundling observation.Perlycross
R. D. Blackmore
- any animal or plant that lives close to the ground or at the bottom of a lake, river, etc
- (in Elizabethan theatre) a spectator standing in the yard in front of the stage and paying least
- a spectator in the cheapest section of any theatre
- a person on the ground as distinguished from one in an aircraft
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Word Origin and History for groundling
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