troglodyte

[trog-luh-dahyt]
noun
1.
a prehistoric cave dweller.
2.
a person of degraded, primitive, or brutal character.
3.
a person living in seclusion.
4.
a person unacquainted with affairs of the world.
5.
an animal living underground.

Origin:
1545–55; < Latin trōglodyta < Greek trōglodýtēs one who creeps into holes, cave dweller, equivalent to trōglo- (combining form of trṓglē a gnawed hole; cf. trogon) + (ein) to creep into + -tēs agent suffix

troglodytic [trog-luh-dit-ik] , troglodytical, adjective
troglodytism [trog-luh-dahy-tiz-uhm] , noun
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troglodyte (ˈtrɒɡləˌdaɪt)
 
n
1.  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
 
adj
 
troglo'dytical
 
adj

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Word Origin & History

troglodyte
"cave-dweller," 1555, from L. troglodytae (plural), from Gk. troglodytes "cave-dweller," lit. "one who creeps into holes," from trogle "hole" (from trogein "to gnaw;" see trout) + dyein "go in, dive in." Slang shortening trog "obnoxious person, boor" is recorded from 1956.
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troglodyte

n. [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 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.
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troglodyte definition

jargon
(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 pride.
[Jargon File]
(1995-01-11)

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Example sentences
It's endemic, fallaciously, of a troglodyte to believe such things.
Troglodyte, moron or other epithet you care to hurl.
Told he's a troglodyte, he initially accepts it as a compliment, not knowing what the word means.
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