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

  • adj. Chiefly British Slang Very unpleasant; miserable.

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  • adj. unpleasant, dirty, slovenly or offensive

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

  • adj. very unpleasant or offensive

Etymologies

Alteration of grotesque.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Clipping of grotesque. Possibly from Scottish Gaelic grod ("rotten, putrid"). (Wiktionary)

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