Definition of grotesquely in US 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’
    • ‘Their bodies appear broken and almost grotesquely malformed.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In the drawings each muscle is significantly over-developed and, at times, grotesquely out of proportion.’
    • ‘I saw a row of five brightly colored portraits of a wild-haired, grotesquely made-up young woman in a floral-print dress.’
    • ‘Their grotesquely enlarged features give them a monstrous quality.’
    • ‘The sailors affected were so grotesquely swollen that they were essentially unrecognizable.’
    • ‘One of my cats now has a grotesquely swollen stomach.’
    • ‘Some of his figures, especially the grotesquely curvaceous fat ladies, are descendants of the 18th-century caricatures of Thomas Rowlandson.’
    • ‘The character is an old, hunchbacked lady with grotesquely misshapen teeth.’
    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.’
      • ‘He occasionally invents grotesquely exaggerated success stories in a self-mocking parody of his frustrated bourgeois ambitions.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The film is about what happens following this grotesquely ill-advised decision.’
      • ‘Ministers must bring an end to this harrowing, grotesquely unjust process.’
      • ‘People who watch TV are not stupid, and they know when someone is grotesquely overpaid.’
      • ‘Grotesquely oversized houses are squeezed into normal-sized lots.’