1. Like the figures found in ancient grottoes; grottolike.
2. Hence: Wildly or strangely formed; whimsical; extravagant; of irregular forms and proportions; fantastic; ludicrous; antic. “Grotesque design.” --Dryden. “Grotesque incidents.” --Macaulay.
1. A whimsical figure, or scene, such as is found in old crypts and grottoes.
2. Artificial grotto-work.
adj 1: distorted and unnatural in shape or size; abnormal and
hideous; "tales of grotesque serpents eight fathoms
long that churned the seas"; "twisted into monstrous
shapes" [syn: monstrous, unnatural]
2: ludicrously odd; "Hamlet's assumed antic disposition";
"fantastic Halloween costumes"; "a grotesque reflection in
the mirror" [syn: antic, fantastic, fantastical]
n : art characterized by an incongruous mixture of parts of
humans and animals interwoven with plants