1A spectator or reader of inferior taste, such as a member of a theater audience who traditionally stood in the pit below the stage: Dante is not for groundlings
[with reference to Shakespeare's Hamlet iii. ii. 11]
More example sentences
- Egeon's trial takes place at the front of the stage, with the old man standing among the groundlings defending himself from threatened execution.
- Standing amid the groundlings in front of the stage was a tall, grey, benignly smiling man.
- The best part of the experience though was its immediacy: in open air, daylight and with the ‘front row’ of groundlings leaning on the stage, there was an easy exchange between actors and audience.
Definition of groundling in:
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