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grody

[groh-dee] /ˈgroʊ di/
adjective, grodier, grodiest. Slang.
1.
repulsive; disgusting; nauseating.
2.
inferior in character or quality; seedy; sleazy:
They lived for a month in a grody little shack without lights or running water.
Origin of grody
1960-1965
1960-65, Americanism; probably alteration of grotesque
Related forms
grodiness, noun
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Historical Examples
  • Till he gets here, grody, I want you to watch Nemo like a hawk.

    Frank Merriwell's Races Burt L. Standish
  • Then he quickly drew it out and Nemo started a bit, but was quieted by grody.

    Frank Merriwell's Races Burt L. Standish
  • "You must have misunderstood your visitor, grody," said Frank.

    Frank Merriwell's Races Burt L. Standish
  • grody, who had just saddled a horse for a gentleman, met Frank, and the expression on his face was anything but reassuring.

    Frank Merriwell's Races Burt L. Standish
  • "Bring my case, which you will find under the seat in my carriage, grody," he directed.

    Frank Merriwell's Races Burt L. Standish
  • grody held his breath, nearly bursting with astonishment and admiration.

    Frank Merriwell's Races Burt L. Standish
  • The remaining lads hurried out of the stable to watch Frank ride, grody accompanying them.

    Frank Merriwell's Races Burt L. Standish
Contemporary definitions for grody
adjective

disgusting, yukky; extremely unpleasant or sleazy

Examples

The college students lived in a grody apartment.

Word Origin

alteration of grotesque

Usage Note

slang

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Word Origin and History for grody
adj.

variant of grotty.

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Slang definitions & phrases for grody

grody

Related Terms

grotty

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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