Definition of grotesquely in US English:

grotesquely

adverb

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

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

Pronunciation

grotesquely

/ɡroʊˈtɛskli//ɡrōˈtesklē/