Groundling Ground"ling, n. [Ground + -ling.] 1. (Zo["o]l.) A fish that keeps at the bottom of the water, as the loach. [1913 Webster]

2. A spectator in the pit of a theater, which formerly was on the ground, and without floor or benches. [1913 Webster]

No comic buffoon to make the groundlings laugh. --Coleridge. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • groundling — theater patron in the pit, c.1600, from GROUND (Cf. ground) (n.) in an Elizabethan sense of pit of a theater + LING (Cf. ling). From the beginning emblematic of bad or unsophisticated taste. O.E. grundling was a type of fish …   Etymology dictionary

  • groundling — ► NOUN ▪ a spectator or reader of inferior taste. ORIGIN originally a member of the part of a theatre audience that stood in the pit beneath the stage: with reference to Shakespeare s Hamlet III. ii. 11 …   English terms dictionary

  • groundling — [ground′liŋ] n. 1. a) a fish that lives close to the bottom of the water b) an animal that lives on or in the ground c) a plant that grows close to the ground 2. a) in an Elizabethan theater, a person who watched the performance from cheap… …   English World dictionary

  • Groundling — A groundling was a person that frequented the Globe Theater in the early 1600 s who was too poor to pay to be able to sit on one of the three levels of the theater. By paying one penny, they could stand in The Pit , also called The Yard , just… …   Wikipedia

  • groundling — paprastasis šlyžys statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas taksono rangas rūšis atitikmenys: lot. Noemacheilus barbatulus angl. bearded stone loach; groundling rus. обыкновенный голец; сибирский голец; усатый голец ryšiai: platesnis terminas –… …   Žuvų pavadinimų žodynas

  • groundling — noun Date: 1602 1. a. a spectator who stood in the pit of an Elizabethan theater b. a person of unsophisticated taste 2. one that lives or works on or near the ground …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • groundling — small fishes that keep at the bottom …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • groundling — /grownd ling/, n. 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… …   Universalium

  • groundling — noun a) any of various plants or animals living on or near the ground, as a benthic fish or bottom feeder b) by association, an individual of uncultivated or uncultured taste …   Wiktionary

  • groundling — Synonyms and related words: Adamite, Babbitt, Philistine, arriviste, attender, audience, auditory, being, body, boor, bounder, bourgeois, cad, cat, chap, character, churl, claqueur, clown, congregation, creature, customer, deadhead, duck,… …   Moby Thesaurus

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