[ trog-luh-dahyt ]
/ ˈtrɒg ləˌdaɪt /
Save This Word!
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.
CAN YOU ANSWER THESE COMMON GRAMMAR DEBATES?
There are grammar debates that never die; and the ones highlighted in the questions in this quiz are sure to rile everyone up once again. Do you know how to answer the questions that cause some of the greatest grammar debates?
Question 1 of 7
Which sentence is correct?
Origin of troglodyte
First recorded in 1545–55; from Latin trōglodyta, from Greek trōglodýtēs “one who creeps into holes, cave dweller,” equivalent to trōglo- (combining form of trṓglē “a hole formed by gnawing”; cf. trogon) + dý(ein) “to creep into” + -tēs agent suffix
OTHER WORDS FROM troglodytetrog·lo·dyt·ic [trog-luh-dit-ik], /ˌtrɒg ləˈdɪt ɪk/, trog·lo·dyt·i·cal, adjectivetrog·lo·dyt·ism [trog-luh-dahy-tiz-uhm], /ˈtrɒg lə daɪˌtɪz əm/, noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023
How to use troglodyte in a sentence
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?|Michael Medved|March 5, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Passed a very uncomfortable night in our troglodytic mansion.Mount Rainier|Various
I doubt if ever a troglodytic ancestor of his had been as angry as Rodney was at that moment.The Real Adventure|Henry Kitchell Webster
At Meroe and Ptolemais937 in the Troglodytic the longest day consists of thirteen equinoctial hours.
With a certain number among us it passes into a state of unintermittent delirium under the name of Troglodytic fever.Underground Man|Gabriel Tarde
Apparently they were under the impression that we had taken to troglodytic habits and required none.With Our Army in Palestine|Antony Bluett
British Dictionary definitions for troglodyte
/ (ˈtrɒɡləˌdaɪt) /
a cave dweller, esp one of the prehistoric peoples thought to have lived in caves
informal a person who lives alone and appears eccentric
Derived forms of troglodytetroglodytic (ˌtrɒɡləˈdɪtɪk) or troglodytical, adjective
Word Origin for troglodyte
C16: via Latin from Greek trōglodutēs one who enters caves, from trōglē hole + duein to enter
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012