- Word History
|part of speech:
||ugly or badly shaped in character or appearance.
The witch cast a grotesque shadow as she crept up the stairs.
- distorted, misshapen
- similar words:
- hideous, ugly, unnatural
||gruesome, monstrous, peculiar, unsightly, weird
||grotesquely (adv.), grotesqueness (n.)
comes from grotta
, an early Italian word for "cave." English speakers first used the word "grotesque" to describe the weird paintings of humans and animals found on the basement walls of Roman ruins.