Gro*tesgue" (?), a. [F., fr. It. grottesco, fr. grotta grotto. See Grotto.]

Like the figures found in ancient grottoes; grottolike; wildly or strangely formed; whimsical; extravagant; of irregular forms and proportions; fantastic; ludicrous; antic.

"Grotesque design." Dryden. "Grotesque incidents." Macaulay.

 

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