Main Entry: grot·ty
Pronunciation: \ˈgrä-tē\
Function: adjective
Inflected Form(s): grot·ti·er; grot·ti·est
Etymology: origin unknown
Date: 1964
Slang: British - Most commonly used in New Zealand, Australia and other former British colonies.

  1. very unpleasant; miserable.
  2. dirty, cheap, nasty, disgusting, unattractive; a generalized term of disapproval
  3. in bad condition (from grotesque)

Popularized by George Harrision in "A Hard Day's Night." I wouldn't be caught dead in them, they're dead grotty. I imagine other uses of the word could include derogatory name calling, "She's one grotty slut." Or, "I wish this grotty weather would go away." Or even possibly an Irish warchant, "GRRRRRRRRROOOOOOOOOOOOTTTTTTTTTYYYYYYYYYYY."

Other languages translation. Spanish: asqueroso, French: minable, German: mies, Italian: squallido.

Synonym: grody

Grotty is also a Linux / Unix Command. "Grotty translates the output of GNU troff into a form suitable for typewriter-like devices. Normally grotty should be invoked by using the groff command with a -Tascii, -Tascii8, -Tlatin1, -Tnippon or -Tutf8 option on ASCII based systems, and with -Tcp1047 and -Tutf8 on EBCDIC based hosts. If no files are given, grotty will read the standard input. A filename of - will also cause grotty to read the standard input. Output is written to the standard output."

Take the wertperch challenge and say "grotty wankers" to three other people.

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