groundling

groundling

[ground-ling]
noun
1.
a plant or animal that lives on or close to the ground.
2.
any of various fishes that live at the bottom of the water.
3.
a spectator, reader, or other person of unsophisticated or uncultivated tastes; an uncritical or uncultured person.
4.
a member of a theater audience who sits in one of the cheaper seats.

Origin:
1595–1605; ground1 + -ling1

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groundling (ˈɡraʊndlɪŋ)
 
n
1.  any animal or plant that lives close to the ground or at the bottom of a lake, river, etc
2.  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.  a person on the ground as distinguished from one in an aircraft

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