nounEtymology: Latin troglodytae, plural, from Greek tr?glodytai, from tr?gl? hole, cave (akin to Greek tr?gein to gnaw, Armenian aracem I lead to pasture, graze) + dyein to enter Date: 1555 1. a member of any of various peoples (as in antiquity) who lived or were reputed to live chiefly in caves 2. a person characterized by reclusive habits or outmoded or reactionary attitudes • troglodyticadjective
n. 1 a cave-dweller, esp. of prehistoric times. 2 a hermit. 3 derog. a wilfully obscurantist or old-fashioned person. Derivatives: troglodytic adj. troglodytical adj. troglodytism n. Etymology: L troglodyta f. Gk troglodutes f. the name of an Ethiopian people, after trogle hole
Troglodyte Trog"lo*dyte, n. [L. troglodytae, pl., Gr. ? one who creeps into holes; ? a hole, cavern (fr. ? to gnaw) + ? enter: cf. F. troglodyte.] 1. (Ethnol.) One of any savage race that dwells in caves, instead of constructing dwellings; a cave dweller. Most of the primitive races of man were troglodytes. In the troglodytes' country there is a lake, for the hurtful water it beareth called the ``mad lake.'' --Holland. 2. (Zo["o]l.) An anthropoid ape, as the chimpanzee. 3. (Zo["o]l.) The wren.
(troglodytes) 1. A troglodyte is someone who lives in a cave. (FORMAL) N-COUNT 2. If you refer to someone as a troglodyte, you mean that they are unsophisticated and do not know very much about anything. He dismissed advocates of a completely free market as economic troglodytes with no concern for the social consequences.N-COUNT [disapproval]