adjective, grot·ti·er, grot·ti·est. Slang.

seedy; wretched; dirty.

Origin of grotty

perhaps grot(esque) + -y1, though senses do not correspond; apparently not akin to grody Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for grotty

Contemporary Examples of grotty

  • As for afters, forget a grotty gym shower and leaping into your street-clothes: the post-workout is as much fun as the class.

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    March 17, 2014

Historical Examples of grotty

British Dictionary definitions for grotty


adjective -tier or -tiest British slang

unpleasant, nasty, or unattractive
of poor quality or in bad condition; unsatisfactory or useless

Word Origin for grotty

C20: from grotesque
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Word Origin and History for grotty

slang shortening of 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 Middle English groti "muddy, slimy," from Old English grotig "earthy," from grot "particle."

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