Definition of grotty in English:



  • 1Unpleasant and of poor quality.

    ‘a grotty little hotel’
    • ‘Inside those grotty beer-stained sweatpants is a smart, funny, well-dressed man waiting to emerge.’
    • ‘Sometimes he would force you to clean his filthy floor with a grotty toothbrush and if you were really naughty he would lock you in the dirty, dusty dungeon.’
    • ‘The horror books certainly were gross and grotty.’
    • ‘It looked like it was going to be grotty, but as I was on the tube the clouds all seemed to disappear and by the time I came back above ground at Tottenham Court Road station the sky was a beautiful clear blue and the sun was shining brightly.’
    • ‘The damp cavernous interior of the house, with its grotty kitchen, filthy toilets and peeling wallpaper, adds to an overbearing sense of decay that pervades the film and its characters.’
    • ‘As many of you will know, composting is a kind of compulsion - once you've discovered the fascination of being able to turn grotty garden waste into rich, crumbly, dark brown compost, you never grow out of it.’
    • ‘Given the title and director, I was expecting something grotty and disturbing, so I was pleasantly surprised when the film turned out to be a lighthearted kitschy romp.’
    • ‘It is made up of silly little stories, each grotty in its own individual way!’
    • ‘He catches the cramped, grotty frisson of the reporters' room, the professionalism instilled by hard-nosed old hands in the game, the lure of the bars in Vulcan Lane when the final edition had been put to bed.’
    • ‘The hotel was well out of the centre in a slightly grotty area, and so there wasn't much to see in the immediate vicinity, but in any case I wanted to work on the act for the night.’
    • ‘Otherwise their five-star hotel will have to be built in a less prominent position with a view over our grotty row of cottages.’
    • ‘See, the upshot of getting there in the wee hours is that you can sift through them and find the really grotty dog-eared books with water damage and coffee stains that are a whole $4 cheaper than the other copies.’
    • ‘People expect spittoons and grotty seating.’
    • ‘There's damage here as far as the eye can see… holes in walls, fittings ripped off, filthy kitchens, grotty toilets, rubbish everywhere.’
    • ‘‘It has shown it has an ability to bounce back from the bad old days of high unemployment and poor education and a grotty town centre,’ he said.’
    • ‘What a contrast it was to get back to our grotty hotel after such a glitzy day.’
    • ‘We stayed here as it was cheap & the location is great - probably is good value for money but the rooms are grotty & depressing.’
    • ‘It is in a desolate location surrounded by grotty blocks of flats and graffiti.’
    • ‘They laughed at him, they called him a loser, they sneered at his grotty little band of physical misfits, they ridiculed his manifestly hypocritical ideas, sought to diminish him publicly at every opportunity they could.’
    • ‘At first sight, the grotty cotton balls seem like an affront, but a funny one that quickly gives way to an appreciation of the literal saturation of color they accomplish, and the way they morph at a distance into flowers.’
    unpleasant, disagreeable, disgusting, distasteful, awful, dreadful, horrible, terrible, vile, foul, abominable, frightful, loathsome, revolting, repulsive, odious, sickening, nauseating, nauseous, repellent, repugnant, horrendous, hideous, appalling, atrocious, offensive, objectionable, obnoxious, unpalatable, unsavoury, unappetizing, off-putting, uninviting, dirty, filthy, squalid
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  • 2as complement Unwell.

    ‘I felt grotty and had to leave early’
    • ‘First of all, I'm off work with some sort of ‘flu bug, feeling extremely grotty.’
    • ‘I am feeling pretty grotty about the whole thing at the moment.’
    • ‘I'm feeling pretty grotty today, still sick with a cold.’
    unwell, ill, poorly, bad, indisposed, not oneself, sick, queasy, nauseous, nauseated, peaky, liverish, green about the gills, run down, washed out
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1960s: from grotesque + -y.