• adjective unpleasant, revolting or distasteful. The word became extremely popular in the early 1960s and quickly passed into the middle-class lexicon where it is still found. Grotty, a typically Liverpudlian shortening of ‘grotesque’, became popular among young people, via the influence of the ‘Mersey boom’ in the early 1960s. It was adopted by some Americans in imitation of British usage, although an American form, grody, arose in the 1970s.