EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR GROTESQUELY
Grotesquely enough, all at once he remembered that he was forty—that very day forty.
In fact, every one had his own grotesquely painful peculiarity.
Some, like Evan, were grotesquely barrel-chested, with or without the hump.
It struck her grotesquely that perhaps Mrs. Herrick's instinct was right, after all.
Then he thought, grotesquely enough, that they might be cherubs.
The dancers were grotesquely got up, and are amusingly described by Mr Baker.
During this period, Hawkins was civilly but grotesquely attentive.
The people are frightfully civil, and grotesquely extortionate.
The piano was grotesquely out of tune, but what cared they for that?
One of the waxed ends had been bent, and drooped forlornly, grotesquely.
c.1600s, originally a noun (1560s), from Middle French crotesque (16c., Modern French grotesque), from Italian grottesco, literally "of a cave," from grotta (see grotto). The usual explanation is that the word first was used of paintings found on the walls of basements of Roman ruins (Italian pittura grottesca), which OED finds "intrinsically plausible." Originally "fanciful, fantastic," sense became pejorative after mid-18c. Related: Grotesquely; grotesqueness.