[syn: caveman, cave man, cave dweller, troglodyte]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
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, or cave
man. 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."
2. (Zool.) An anthropoid ape, as the chimpanzee.
3. (Zool.) The wren.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: one who lives in solitude [syn: hermit, recluse,
solitary, solitudinarian, troglodyte]
2: someone who lives in a cave [syn: caveman, cave man,
cave dweller, troglodyte]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
31 Moby Thesaurus words for "troglodyte":
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
The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003):
1. A hacker who never leaves his cubicle. The term gnoll (from Dungeons &
Dragons) is also reported.
2. A curmudgeon attached to an obsolescent computing environment. The
combination ITS troglodyte was flung around some during the Usenet and
email wringle-wrangle attending the 2.x.x revision of the Jargon File; at
least one of the people it was intended to describe adopted it with pride.
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018):
(Commodore) 1. A hacker who never leaves his cubicle.
The term "Gnoll" (from Dungeons & Dragons) is also reported.
2. A curmudgeon attached to an obsolescent computing
environment. The combination "ITS troglodyte" was flung
around some during the Usenet and e-mail wringle-wrangle
attending the 2.x.x revision of the Jargon File; at least
one of the people it was intended to describe adopted it with
The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906):
TROGLODYTE, n. Specifically, a cave-dweller of the paleolithic
period, after the Tree and before the Flat. A famous community of
troglodytes dwelt with David in the Cave of Adullam. The colony
consisted of "every one that was in distress, and every one that was
in debt, and every one that was discontented" -- in brief, all the
Socialists of Judah.