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1. A bottom fish.
a. A spectator in the cheap standing-room section of an Elizabethan theater.
b. A person with uncultivated tastes.


1. (Biology) any animal or plant that lives close to the ground or at the bottom of a lake, river, etc
2. (Theatre)
a. (in Elizabethan theatre) a spectator standing in the yard in front of the stage and paying least
b. a spectator in the cheapest section of any theatre
3. (Aeronautics) a person on the ground as distinguished from one in an aircraft


(ˈgraʊnd lɪŋ)

1. a plant or animal that lives close to the ground or at the bottom of the water.
2. a person of unsophisticated tastes.
3. a person on the ground rather than in an aircraft.
4. a member of a theater audience sitting in one of the cheaper seats or, in an Elizabethan theater, standing in the pit.
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Noun1.groundling - in Elizabethan theater: a playgoer in the cheap standing section
playgoer, theatergoer, theatregoer - someone who attends the theater
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Taking to the stage at this special event will be The Sabrejets, Thee Dirt Byrds, The Groundlings and Madhouse.
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Already nominated for a Scottish Bafta, Katia has appeared on a diverse range of shows from River City to Pramface but has been making waves over the pond, training in improv and sketch in LA and writing and performing at Second City and Groundlings, the comedy and theatre hubs that spawned the likes ofTina Fey and Kirsten Wiig.
The 30-year-old, who now uses her husband's surname, is training at The Groundlings acting school, which has launched the likes Lisa Kudrow, Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig.