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[rot-guht] /ˈrɒtˌgʌt/
noun, Slang.
cheap and inferior liquor.
Origin of rotgut
First recorded in 1590-1600; rot + gut Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • It must be the rotgut from l'Assommoir that was hacking away inside him.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
  • Men always say a whole lot when theyre full of rotgut, unless they get nasty.

    The Plunderer Roy Norton
  • "That's all that rotgut's good for," the customer said, jumping over the counter.

    Null-ABC Henry Beam Piper and John Joseph McGuire
  • Now he was the official distiller, and the rotgut he produced was the only thing that made existence bearable.

    The Colonists Raymond F. Jones
  • I'd sooner have had a pint of old Stringybark, too, than a bucketful of their rotgut liquors.

    The Gully of Bluemansdyke A. Conan Doyle
British Dictionary definitions for rotgut


(facetious, slang) alcoholic drink, esp spirits, of inferior quality
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Word Origin and History for rotgut

also rot-gut, "unwholesome liquor," 1630s, from rot (v.) + gut (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for rotgut



Inferior liquor; panther piss: pre-Prohibition rotgut (1597+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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