Definition of grotesquely in English:



  • 1In a comically or repulsively ugly or distorted manner.

    ‘both men have fingers that are twisted grotesquely’
    as submodifier ‘his body was grotesquely swollen’
    • ‘In the drawings each muscle is significantly over-developed and, at times, grotesquely out of proportion.’
    • ‘One of my cats now has a grotesquely swollen stomach.’
    • ‘The sailors affected were so grotesquely swollen that they were essentially unrecognizable.’
    • ‘Their bodies appear broken and almost grotesquely malformed.’
    • ‘I saw a row of five brightly colored portraits of a wild-haired, grotesquely made-up young woman in a floral-print dress.’
    • ‘Some of his figures, especially the grotesquely curvaceous fat ladies, are descendants of the 18th-century caricatures of Thomas Rowlandson.’
    • ‘Their grotesquely enlarged features give them a monstrous quality.’
    • ‘The character is an old, hunchbacked lady with grotesquely misshapen teeth.’
    • ‘His face was grotesquely contorted into a toothless smile.’
    • ‘He began to suffer from weakness and insomnia and bouts of breathlessness and his legs became grotesquely bloated with dropsy.’
    1. 1.1 In an incongruous or shockingly inappropriate manner.
      ‘a cop who grotesquely abused his power’
      as submodifier ‘a grotesquely unfair tax system’
      • ‘It's a truly grotesquely dreadful programme.’
      • ‘He occasionally invents grotesquely exaggerated success stories in a self-mocking parody of his frustrated bourgeois ambitions.’
      • ‘Like watching a train wreck in slow motion, the sight is grotesquely compelling.’
      • ‘The army's response was either wholly unwarranted or grotesquely disproportionate.’
      • ‘It would be grotesquely unfair to freeze the housing market.’
      • ‘People who watch TV are not stupid, and they know when someone is grotesquely overpaid.’
      • ‘Ministers must bring an end to this harrowing, grotesquely unjust process.’
      • ‘Not to do it now would be grotesquely irresponsible.’
      • ‘The film is about what happens following this grotesquely ill-advised decision.’
      • ‘Grotesquely oversized houses are squeezed into normal-sized lots.’