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.
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How to use groundling in a sentence
Nevertheless, the contempt inspired by the groundling served the Englishman in good stead at a critical moment.The Great Mogul | Louis Tracy
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
Still, it is heart-rending to think I shall never rise above the sordid earth, always remain a mere groundling!Parables from Flowers | Gertrude P. Dyer
Instead of sporting aloft in airy skyward flights, I am now a miserable groundling.Eye Spy | William Hamilton Gibson
To our sorry groundling minds the old pleasaunce may seem too rich and fantastic, too spectacular, too much idealised.Garden-Craft Old and New | John D. Sedding
British Dictionary definitions for groundling
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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