- any of the prehistoric people who lived in caves; cave man
- a person who chooses to live alone in seclusion; recluse
- anyone who lives in a primitive or degenerate fashion
- an anthropoid ape
Origin of troglodyteClassical Latin troglodyta ; from Classical Greek trōglodytēs, one who creeps into holes, cave dweller ; from trōglē, a hole, cave (; from trōgein, to gnaw ; from Indo-European an unverified form trōg- ; from base an unverified form ter-, to rub, grind from source throw) + dyein, to creep in, enter
- a. A member of a fabulous or prehistoric race of people that lived in caves, dens, or holes.b. A person considered to be reclusive, reactionary, out of date, or brutish.
- a. A nonhuman ape. Not in scientific use.b. An animal that lives underground, as an ant or a worm. Not in scientific use.
Origin of troglodyteFrom Latin Trōglodytae, a people said to be cave dwellers, from Greek Trōglodutai, alteration (influenced by trōglē, hole, and -dutai, those who enter) of Trōgodutai.
- trog′lo·dyt′ic , trog′lo·dyt′i·cal
- A member of a supposed prehistoric race that lived in caves or holes, a caveman.
- (by extension) Anything that lives underground.
- The cave was populated by albino scorpions, blind salamanders, and other troglodytes.
- A reclusive, reactionary or out-of-date person, especially if brutish.
- The wren, Troglodytes troglodytes.
- (computing) A person who chooses not to keep up-to-date with the latest software and hardware.
From Latin trōglodyta (“cave dwelling people”), from Ancient Greek τρωγλοδύτης (trōglodutēs, “one who dwells in holes”), from τρώγλη (trōglē, “hole”) + δύω (duō, “I get into”).