Definition of cliff-dweller in US English:

cliff-dweller

noun

  • 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.

Origin

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

Pronunciation

cliff-dweller

/ˈklɪfˌdwɛlə/