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a. often Troglodyte 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b. A person considered to be reclusive, reactionary, out of date, or brutish.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.

[From 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 (-dĭt′ĭk), trog′lo·dyt′i·cal (-ĭ-kəl) adj.


1. (Anthropology & Ethnology) 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
[C16: via Latin from Greek trōglodutēs one who enters caves, from trōglē hole + duein to enter]
troglodytic, ˌtrogloˈdytical adj


(ˈtrɒg ləˌdaɪt)

1. a prehistoric cave dweller.
2. a person of degraded, primitive, or brutal character.
3. a person living in seclusion; hermit.
4. an extremely old-fashioned or conservative person; a reactionary.
5. an animal living underground.
[1545–55; < Latin trōglodyta < Greek trōglodýtēs one who creeps into holes, cave dweller =trōglo-, comb. form of trṓglē a gnawed hole (compare trogon) + dý(ein) to creep into + -tēs agent suffix]
trog`lo•dyt′ic (-ˈdɪt ɪk) adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.troglodyte - one who lives in solitudetroglodyte - one who lives in solitude    
lone hand, lone wolf, loner - a person who avoids the company or assistance of others
2.troglodyte - someone who lives in a cavetroglodyte - someone who lives in a cave    
primitive, primitive person - a person who belongs to an early stage of civilization


[ˈtrɒglədaɪt] Ntroglodita mf


nHöhlenmensch m, → Troglodyt m (liter); (fig: = recluse) → Einsiedler(in) m(f)


[ˈtrɒgləˌdaɪt] n (frm) → troglodita m/f
References in classic literature ?
These vile old troglodytes are no longer there; but into their deserted cave another terrible giant has thrust himself, and makes it his business to seize upon honest travellers and fatten them for his table with plentiful meals of smoke, mist, moonshine, raw potatoes, and sawdust.
Movie fans also flock to the country to see the locations for the Star Wars trilogies, especially the traditional Berber troglodyte dwellings at Matmata.
Movie fans also flock to the country see the locations for the Star Wars trilogies, especially the traditional Berber troglodyte dwellings at Matmata.
It's Christmas 1959, and ten year-old Trudy McFarlan has a lot on her plate; scrutinizing the Sears Catalog for gyp-free toys, riding roughshod over her troglodyte siblings, skirmishes with a diabolical teacher, battles with an orangutan babysitter and appeasing her best friend by pulling the prank of the century.
A power shower, wi-fi, flatscreen TV - my cave boasted all the mod-cons as I discovered my inner troglodyte in Turkey.
Having done none of the careful planning the good guidebook writer recommends, it came as something of a shock to arrive in Matera from Bari on a dark and wet October evening and find that it was not, as I had glibly assumed, a GE[micro]reme-sized village but rather a sizable town that did not, as one left the station, immediately look like a troglodyte settlement.
He added: "It is deeply disappointing to see Ed Balls, who was much respected as City minister, pandering to the troglodyte elements in his own party.
The other destinations and activities on offer in the area include a museum behind the hotel, the scenic stone village of Tamezret and an excursion to the tiny troglodyte village of Haddej, known for its underground olive press.
A new prize-winning collection, Troglodyte, is due from Elixir Press in 2014.
Each of the six distinct 'Brothers' demonstrate individual lifestyle approaches to a man's daily shaving ritual; The Gentleman Shaver, The Old Soul, The Shaving Savant, The Reformed Troglodyte, The Ambassador of Smooth and The Incurable Romantic.
I know he likes to portray himself as a knuckle-dragging troglodyte on occasion.
And in "American Troglodyte," Byrne recites the idiocies and excesses of American life, suggesting, accurately, that Imelda Marcos was our own creation.