AskDefine | Define troglodyte

Dictionary Definition



1 one who lives in solitude [syn: hermit, recluse, solitary, solitudinarian]
2 someone who dwells in a cave [syn: caveman, cave man, cave dweller]

User Contributed Dictionary



From etyl la troglodyta, from etyl grc τρωγλοδύτης, from τρώγλη + δύω.


  • a UK /ˈtɹɒglədaɪt/|/ˈtɹɒgləʊdaɪt/
  • a US /ˈtrɑːglədaɪt/|/ˈtrɑːgloʊdaɪt/


  1. A member of a supposed prehistoric race that lived in caves or holes, a caveman.
  2. In the context of "by extension": Anything that lives underground.
    ''The cave was populated by albino scorpions, blind salamanders, and other troglodytes.
  3. A reclusive, reactionary or out-of-date person, especially if brutish.
  4. A person who chooses not to keep up-to-date with the latest software and hardware.


member of a supposed prehistoric race that lived in caves
anything that lives underground
a reclusive or out-of-date person, especially brutish
person who chooses not to keep up-to-date

Extensive Definition

Troglodyte may refer to:
  • Troglodytae, an ancient group of people from the African Red Sea coast
  • Troglodites, a fictional Arabian tribe, supposedly descending from the ancient Troglodytae, described in Montesquieu's Persian Letters
Troglodytes may refer to:
Troglodyte may also refer to:

See also

troglodyte in German: Troglodyt
troglodyte in French: Troglodyte
troglodyte in Polish: Troglodyta
troglodyte in Portuguese: Troglodita

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Bronze Age man, Goth, Hominidae, Iron Age man, Neanderthal, Stone Age man, aboriginal, aborigine, ancient, animal, antediluvian, anthropoid, ape-man, autochthon, barbarian, brute, bushman, cave dweller, caveman, fossil man, hominid, humanoid, man of old, missing link, preadamite, prehistoric man, prehuman, primate, primitive, protohuman, savage
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