Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A grotto.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A grotto.
  • n. Any unpleasant substance or material.
  • n. A miserable person.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A grotto.
  • n. A groat.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A grotto.
  • n. Middle English forms of groat.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a small cave (usually with attractive features)

Etymologies

French grotte, from Italian grotta; see grotto.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From grotto, by shortening (Wiktionary)
Back-formation from grotty. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Of all the shaded loveliness it hides in grot and dell!

    Records of Woman, With Other Poems

  • One even has to imagine that the Vatican can turn a blind eye to all manner of murky grot and in times of strife will fling any amount of cash at people to shut them up.

    The Borgias: Grace Dent's TV OD

  • For our second year we left the grot-baggy house and took up a less grotty house with just two rooms and had our own private space.

    Memories of that first week at university « We Don't Count Your Own Visits To Your Blog

  • Walking into a grot hole you know: grubby carpets, thin curtains and badly carved-up rooms, I get very excited and see potential everywhere, but when shown the beige-carpeted, cream-walled, taste-free apartments that are supposed to be so easy to envisage yourself living in, I stumble for ideas.

    Not Your Grandma's Patterned Carpet

  • Maybe the shock of the new blinds Kampfner to the grot of the old.

    Freedom for Sale by John Kampfner

  • Home-shopping firm Grattan has shed over 1,000 jobs today amid claims that their catalogue cannot compete with the vast cornucopia of online grot for the attentions of onanistic teenagers.

    Archive 2009-01-01

  • The map has "before" and "after" photos, customised icons and sometimes some colourful quotes by staff or residents about the particular 'grot spot'.

    Worst 'Grot Spots' on Google Maps

  • My question is who is paying for the rentamob,they must have a grot to sleep in and money for Big Macs.

    Protest the G20 protesters here

  • A hostile brand is awaiting thee, no tender bride in dewy grot.

    The Cyclops

  • Watching other women and men weave the grotty details of their lives with children (the stuff that makes meanie blogtards post comments like ‘zzzzzzzz’) into fascinating, and sometimes magnificent, tapestries has helped this mother peer through her own grot and find the beauty there.

    The Un-Rant | Her Bad Mother

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