grot·​ty | \ ˈgrä-tē How to pronounce grotty (audio) \
grottier; grottiest

Definition of grotty

chiefly British
: wretchedly shabby : of poor quality also : filthy, gross

Examples of grotty in a Sentence

I lived in a grotty flat. get rid of that grotty old rag
Recent Examples on the Web Operative all along hasn’t been Russia’s historical and geographic imperatives, but the grotty nature of the current regime. WSJ, 1 Mar. 2022 Originally, each day I was allowed out two half-hours in a grotty little area that was half sealed above you. The Salt Lake Tribune, 18 Nov. 2021 The most telegenic bits, though, feel bona fide haunted — a grotty, Dionysian Manhattan, the woefully short life spans of it-girls and superstars, a blazing era for rock, punk, jazz and soul. Washington Post, 19 May 2021 Lodgings come in all sizes and for every length of stay, no security deposit required, from a grotty single bed for the night to fancy permanent quarters for a colony. Jill Lepore, The New Yorker, 31 Aug. 2020 Unlike us, though, with our bone and blood and grotty bits, potatoes are pretty much just starch. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 7 May 2020 While the rest of us spent the day at the Grotta Azzurra, Werner spent his in a grotty Neapolitan cell. Anonymous, Condé Nast Traveler, 23 Sep. 2019 Rooms cost half as much as in nearby hotels, the building has no disabled access and its grotty shopfronts stick out on an otherwise glamorous street. The Economist, 30 Sep. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of grotty

1964, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for grotty

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“Grotty.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2022.

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