verb (used without object), rot·ted, rot·ting.
verb (used with object), rot·ted, rot·ting.
- any of various forms of decay produced by fungi or bacteria.
- any disease so characterized.
Origin of rot
Examples from the Web for rot
Gary has been broken for a while, and it looks like much of it has been left to rot.
And the willingness to dump on British women in the name of Sharia law is a rot that runs up and down the length of society.
As ever, he talked too big (it was an election year) about withdrawing from Iraq with honor and all that rot.
“Biofuel” can be made out of anything that will ferment or rot, including digestive system waste products.The Federal Government Has Violated My Right to Chainsaw|P. J. O’Rourke|April 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
After all, no one is taught to express themselves like this in school—so where does the rot set in?
Here you will rot in the grave and six brass buttons will be all that will be left of you.Short Stories|Fiodor Dostoievski
We owe it to her that the family existence of England does not rot in mere inaction and peace.Modern Women and What is Said of Them|Anonymous
And yet the ripening process is sometimes so slow that the frost of fear or the rot of regret spoils the fruit.Analyzing Character|Katherine M. H. Blackford and Arthur Newcomb
From this account, and other sources, we find that Elias de Derham is first mentioned in the Rot.Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Salisbury|Gleeson White
Oh, Nancy, what rot you talk every time you remember you had a year at college!Sisters|Kathleen Norris
verb rots, rotting or rotted
Word Origin for rot
Old English rotian "to decay, putrefy," from Proto-Germanic *rutjan (cf. Old Saxon roton, Old Norse rotna, Old Frisian rotia, Middle Dutch roten, Dutch rotten, Old High German rozzen "to rot," German rößen "to steep flax"), from stem *rut-. Related: Rotted; rotting.
early 14c., from rot (v.) or of Scandinavian origin (cf. Icelandic rot, Swedish röta, Danish røde "decay, putrefaction"), from the root of the verb. Slang noun sense of "rubbish, trash" is from 1848.