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adjective, grot·ti·er, grot·ti·est. Slang.
  1. seedy; wretched; dirty.
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Origin of grotty

perhaps grot(esque) + -y1, though senses do not correspond; apparently not akin to grody
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second-rate, miserable, rotten, shabby, cheap, contemptible, crappy, inferior, pathetic, poor, useless, worthless, grotty, third-rate

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adjective -tier or -tiest British slang
  1. unpleasant, nasty, or unattractive
  2. of poor quality or in bad condition; unsatisfactory or useless
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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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