Try Our Apps


90s Slang You Should Know


[rok-bot-uh m] /ˈrɒkˈbɒt əm/
at the lowest possible limit or level; extremely low:
rock-bottom prices.
Origin of rock-bottom
First recorded in 1880-85

rock bottom

the very lowest level:
He went bankrupt and touched rock bottom.
An Americanism dating back to 1865-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for rock-bottom
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • Do you think we noticed the red oilcloth table cover, the dingy lamp, and the rock-bottom sofa?

  • Let's get right down to rock-bottom, and let's stay there until we're finished.

    Cue for Quiet Thomas L. Sherred
  • Failure is often the rock-bottom foundation of real success.

    The Majesty of Calmness William George Jordan
  • In fact they had to retort by mortgaging their property to the hilt and cutting expenses to rock-bottom.

    Queed Henry Sydnor Harrison
  • He had been brought up in an outdoor school which taught that the rock-bottom factor of a man's character is gameness.

    Oh, You Tex! William Macleod Raine
British Dictionary definitions for rock-bottom

rock bottom

  1. the lowest possible level
  2. (as modifier): rock-bottom prices
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for rock-bottom

"lowest possible," 1884, from noun (1815), from rock (n.1) + bottom (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Slang definitions & phrases for rock-bottom

rock bottom


At the lowest level or part, esp in price: rock-bottom prices on Easter stuff


The lowest level or part: hit rock bottom last week

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
Cite This Source
Idioms and Phrases with rock-bottom

rock bottom

The lowest possible level, absolute bottom, as in Wheat prices have reached rock bottom. This idiom alludes to the presence of bedrock that prevents digging farther down. [ Late 1800s ]
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for rock-bottom

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for rock

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for rock-bottom