From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Groundling \Ground"ling\, n. [Ground + -ling.]
   1. (Zool.) A fish that keeps at the bottom of the water, as
      the loach.
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   2. A spectator in the pit of a theater, which formerly was on
      the ground, and without floor or benches.
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            No comic buffoon to make the groundlings laugh.
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