One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Something unpleasant, dirty, or of poor quality.‘they watch endless grot on TV’
mud, muck, mire, ooze, silt, alluvium, dirt, slime, slush, slurryView synonyms
- ‘They were routinely betrayed by being sold substandard produce, grot wrapped in pap.’
- ‘And as a fully grown adult I have been known to put off going to the loo for hours, even days, at a time if there has been the merest hint of grot anywhere near the pot.’
- ‘Because we were the generation that had been raised on a diet of 1970s dreariness, of safety-pinned punks and urban grot.’
- ‘His capacity to find grot and grime is quite astounding.’
- ‘From his letter last week he seemed to suggest that he would rather have the insane hubbub and grot of the capital transported to the Lakes so he can continue to feel at home.’
1960s: back-formation from grotty.
Early 16th century: from French grotte, from Italian grotta, via Latin from Greek kruptē ‘vault, crypt’.
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