1. [ adjective ] distorted and unnatural in shape or size; abnormal and hideous
Synonyms: monstrous unnatural

"tales of grotesque serpents eight fathoms long that churned the seas" "twisted into monstrous shapes"

Related terms: ugly
2. [ adjective ] ludicrously odd
Synonyms: fantastic antic fantastical

"Hamlet's assumed antic disposition" "fantastic Halloween costumes" "a grotesque reflection in the mirror"

Related terms: strange
3. [ noun ] (fine art) art characterized by an incongruous mixture of parts of humans and animals interwoven with plants
Related terms: art
Similar spelling:   grotesquery