- 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 troglodytic
Why should he care, if even more listeners tune in to his radio show for the next installment of troglodytic tastelessness?Rush Limbaugh’s Apology: Saving Conservative Line on Obamacare?
March 5, 2012
Passed a very uncomfortable night in our troglodytic mansion.Mount Rainier</p>
With a certain number among us it passes into a state of unintermittent delirium under the name of Troglodytic fever.Underground Man
There is, I am told, a considerable influx of visitors of a special sort; they wear khaki and lead the troglodytic life.War and the Future
H. G. Wells
In fact he thought he was addressing Bickley and playing off on him a troglodytic practical joke.When the World Shook
H. Rider Haggard
Apparently they were under the impression that we had taken to troglodytic habits and required none.With Our Army in Palestine
- 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 troglodytic
"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."