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grotty

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Pronunciation: /ˈɡrɒti
 
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Definition of grotty in English:

adjective (grottier, grottiest)

British informal
1Unpleasant and of poor quality: a grotty little hotel
More example sentences
  • ‘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
More example sentences
  • 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

1
noun
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.

Words that rhyme with grotty

dotty, hottie, knotty, Lanzarote, Lottie, Pavarotti, potty, Scottie, snotty, spotty, totty, yachtie, zloty

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