- 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
Examples from the Web for groundling
Historical Examples of 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