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

Definition of grotty

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

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Examples of grotty in a Sentence

I lived in a grotty flat. get rid of that grotty old rag
Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Is Staying In Staying Safe?," 31 Aug. 2020 Unlike us, though, with our bone and blood and grotty bits, potatoes are pretty much just starch. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "What to do with all those potatoes you stockpiled: Make delectable savory pancakes," 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, "Confessions of a Group Tour Guide," 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, "Nehru’s London watering hole prepares to take last orders," 30 Sep. 2017

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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 5 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of grotty

British, informal : of poor quality : very dirty or unpleasant

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