troglodyte

[trog-luh-dahyt]
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noun
  1. a prehistoric cave dweller.
  2. a person of degraded, primitive, or brutal character.
  3. a person living in seclusion.
  4. a person unacquainted with affairs of the world.
  5. an animal living underground.

Origin of troglodyte

1545–55; < Latin trōglodyta < Greek trōglodýtēs one who creeps into holes, cave dweller, equivalent to trōglo- (combining form of trṓglē a gnawed hole; cf. trogon) + dý(ein) to creep into + -tēs agent suffix
Related formstrog·lo·dyt·ic [trog-luh-dit-ik] /ˌtrɒg ləˈdɪt ɪk/, trog·lo·dyt·i·cal, adjectivetrog·lo·dyt·ism [trog-luh-dahy-tiz-uh m] /ˈtrɒg lə daɪˌtɪz əm/, noun
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Contemporary Examples of troglodytic

Historical Examples of troglodytic

  • Passed a very uncomfortable night in our troglodytic mansion.

  • With a certain number among us it passes into a state of unintermittent delirium under the name of Troglodytic fever.

    Underground Man

    Gabriel Tarde

  • There is, I am told, a considerable influx of visitors of a special sort; they wear khaki and lead the troglodytic life.

  • 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.


British Dictionary definitions for troglodytic

troglodyte

noun
  1. a cave dweller, esp one of the prehistoric peoples thought to have lived in caves
  2. informal a person who lives alone and appears eccentric
Derived Formstroglodytic (ˌtrɒɡləˈdɪtɪk) or troglodytical, adjective

Word Origin for troglodyte

C16: via Latin from Greek trōglodutēs one who enters caves, from trōglē hole + duein to enter
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Word Origin and History for troglodytic

troglodyte

n.

"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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper