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adj. grot·ti·er, grot·ti·est Chiefly British Slang
Very unpleasant; miserable.

[Alteration of grotesque.]

grot′ti·ness n.
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the quality of being grotty
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That smoke is full of particulate matter, tiny particles of soot, smoke and general grottiness that is a killer.
Banham's perspective of "domestic grottitude," the persistent grottiness or mess of life at home, is one of them and reminds us that a basic domestic activity is to transform a steady stream of beautiful objects, well-designed clothes and furniture, new tools and fresh food items into something else: clutter, disorder, stuff, waste.
Set in a world of dilapidated stands, rundown stadia and fog-shrouded training grounds, the film expertly captures the clammy grottiness of the period.