Definition of grotty in English:

grotty

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Pronunciation: /ˈɡrɒti
 
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adjective (grottier, grottiest)

British informal
1Unpleasant and of poor quality: a grotty little hotel
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  • ‘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.
  • There's damage here as far as the eye can see… holes in walls, fittings ripped off, filthy kitchens, grotty toilets, rubbish everywhere.
2 [as complement] Unwell: I felt grotty and had to leave early
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  • I'm feeling pretty grotty today, still sick with a cold.
  • I am feeling pretty grotty about the whole thing at the moment.
  • First of all, I'm off work with some sort of ‘flu bug, feeling extremely grotty.

Origin

1960s: from grotesque + -y1.

Derivatives

grottiness

noun
More example sentences
  • She smiled faintly as we described its peppery grottiness.
  • It's an early attempt at mythologising the harsh urban grottiness of the built environment of a gigantic city and juxtaposing it with the image of a young woman.
  • I have tremendously fond memories of the Free Trade Hall, despite its general grottiness, and its poor acoustics.

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