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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b. A person considered to be reclusive, reactionary, out of date, or brutish.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 ?
Night set in, they quickened their pace, and the fears of the two prisoners grew greater, especially as they heard themselves assailed with- "Get on, ye Troglodytes;" "Silence, ye barbarians;" "March, ye cannibals;" "No murmuring, ye Scythians;" "Don't open your eyes, ye murderous Polyphemes, ye blood-thirsty lions," and suchlike names with which their captors harassed the ears of the wretched master and man.
For instance, we can understand on the principle of inheritance, how it is that the thrush of South America lines its nest with mud, in the same peculiar manner as does our British thrush: how it is that the male wrens (Troglodytes) of North America, build 'cock-nests,' to roost in, like the males of our distinct Kitty-wrens,--a habit wholly unlike that of any other known bird.
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.
'The network graph proposed by Team Troglodyte is truly innovative.
1 / 10 (FILES) This file photo taken on October 19, 2018 shows troglodyte setllements in the southern Italian city of Matera, which has been selected as the 2019 European capital of culture.
Del Middleton hoped for a political response and wrote: "Oh my god, how are you guys going to cope when rabid hordes of troglodyte peasantry invade the area?
As the Assembly, a troglodyte organisation, has never delivered an effective decision since 1997 what makes these two individuals think that anything will change?
So whether you're drawn in by the hiking potential of the place, by its troglodyte lifestyle or by its historic and cultural significance, Cappadocia serves up a one-of-a-kind, not-to-be-missed experience.
--the latter for creatures such as the satyr, the troglodyte, the hydra,
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.