Meaning of cliff-dweller in English:


Pronunciation /ˈklɪfˌdwɛlə/


  • 1A person who lives on a cliff; specifically a member of any of various peoples who build and inhabit homes in niches or caves in cliff faces, especially in the south-western United States (now chiefly historical).

  • 2US slang A person who lives in a tall building.


Late 19th century; earliest use found in Daily Inter-Ocean (Chicago). From cliff + dweller.