- a prehistoric cave dweller.
- a person of degraded, primitive, or brutal character.
- a person living in seclusion.
- a person unacquainted with affairs of the world.
- an animal living underground.
Origin of troglodyte
Examples from the Web for troglodyte
The original cave man, the troglodyte, may have got his that way.Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete
Albert Bigelow Paine
It seemed but a step to the Neanderthal skull and our Troglodyte forbears.A Labrador Doctor</p>
Wilfred Thomason Grenfell
During our stay at Philae she found a troglodyte who was induced to teach her his language.Cleopatra, Complete
The tomtit, the wren, and the troglodyte mingle their voices.The Bird
"He's no troglodyte, Han, I'm certain—" Merrick's wife said plaintively.Turning Point
- a cave dweller, esp one of the prehistoric peoples thought to have lived in caves
- informal a person who lives alone and appears eccentric
Word Origin and History for troglodyte
"cave-dweller," 1550s, from Latin troglodytae (plural), from Greek troglodytes "cave-dweller," literally "one who creeps into holes," from trogle "hole" (from trogein "to gnaw;" see trout) + dyein "go in, dive in."