Definition of grotty in English:



  • 1Unpleasant and of poor quality.

    ‘a grotty little hotel’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There's damage here as far as the eye can see… holes in walls, fittings ripped off, filthy kitchens, grotty toilets, rubbish everywhere.’
    • ‘People expect spittoons and grotty seating.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘Otherwise their five-star hotel will have to be built in a less prominent position with a view over our grotty row of cottages.’
    • ‘It is in a desolate location surrounded by grotty blocks of flats and graffiti.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘What a contrast it was to get back to our grotty hotel after such a glitzy day.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The horror books certainly were gross and grotty.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We stayed here as it was cheap & the location is great - probably is good value for money but the rooms are grotty & depressing.’
    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.