grotty
adjective (grottier; -est) Etymology: origin unknown Date: 1964 chiefly British wretchedly shabby ; of poor quality; also filthy, gross

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  • grotty — slang shortening of GROTESQUE (Cf. grotesque), it had a brief vogue 1964 as part of the argot popularized by The Beatles in A Hard Day s Night. It unconsciously echoes M.E. groti muddy, slimy, from O.E. grotig earthy, from grot particle …   Etymology dictionary

  • grotty — ► ADJECTIVE (grottier, grottiest) Brit. informal 1) unpleasant and of poor quality. 2) unwell. DERIVATIVES grottiness noun. ORIGIN from GROTESQUE(Cf. ↑grotesqu …   English terms dictionary

  • grotty — [grät′ē] adj. grottier, grottiest [< GROTESQUE + Y2] [Slang, Chiefly Brit.] dirty, cheap, nasty, disgusting, etc.: a generalized term of disapproval …   English World dictionary

  • grotty — UK [ˈɡrɒtɪ] / US [ˈɡrɑtɪ] adjective Word forms grotty : adjective grotty comparative grottier superlative grottiest British mainly spoken dirty or unpleasant a grotty hotel Derived words: grottily adverb grottiness noun uncountable …   English dictionary

  • grotty — [“gradi] mod. highly undesirable. (Originally British. From grotesque. See also grody.) □ Let’s not see another grotty movie tonight. □ What is this grotty stuff they serve here? □ It’s not grotty! …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • Grotty — Recorded in the spellings of McGrotty and Grotty, this is a very rare Irish surname. It appears to found only in the North, and in Counties Derry and Tyrone. It is almost certainly a transposed spelling of some other name. What else though is… …   Surnames reference

  • grotty — grot|ty [ˈgrɔti US ˈgra:ti] adj BrE informal [Date: 1900 2000; Origin: grotesque] 1.) nasty, dirty, or unpleasant = ↑manky ▪ a grotty little bar 2.) ill ▪ The next day I felt a bit grotty …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • grotty — [[t]grɒ̱ti[/t]] grottier, grottiest ADJ GRADED (disapproval) If you describe something as grotty, you mean that it is unpleasant or of poor quality and you dislike it strongly. [BRIT, INFORMAL] ...a grotty little flat in Camden …   English dictionary

  • grotty — grot|ty [ grati ] adjective BRITISH MAINLY SPOKEN dirty or unpleasant: a grotty little hotel …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • grotty — adj British unpleasant, revolting or distasteful. The word became extremely popular in the early 1960s and quickly passed into the middle class lexicon where it is still found. Grotty, a typically Liverpudlian shortening of grotesque , became… …   Contemporary slang

  • grotty — adjective BrE informal nasty, dirty, or unpleasant: a grotty little bedsit grottily adverb grottiness noun (U) …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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