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
Synonyms for rot
Antonyms for rot
Related Words for rotblight, decomposition, deterioration, decay, perish, disintegrate, warp, crumble, wither, spoil, molder, stain, decompose, languish, putrefaction, putrescence, mold, canker, hogwash, silliness
Examples from the Web for rot
Contemporary Examples of rot
So Little Snow White lay in the coffin for a long, long time but did not rot.In New Brothers Grimm 'Snow White', The Prince Doesn't Save Her
The Brothers Grimm
November 30, 2014
Gary has been broken for a while, and it looks like much of it has been left to rot.Gary, Indiana Is a Serial Killer’s Playground
October 22, 2014
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.How Britain Made James Foley's Killer
August 27, 2014
As ever, he talked too big (it was an election year) about withdrawing from Iraq with honor and all that rot.GOP Iraq Hypocrisy Hits Overdrive
June 16, 2014
“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
Historical Examples of rot
He had too much insight, and too much exact information as well, to dismiss them as rot.The Secret Agent
Throw me on a dunghill, and let me rot there, to infect the air!'The Life And Adventures Of Nicholas Nickleby
What rot not to know their places, when they must know them!Ruggles of Red Gap
Harry Leon Wilson
I'm really writing all this rot to get myself into the "twitter-twitter" mood.Changing Winds
St. John G. Ervine
Why, the mill-stones wear away with rot more than with grinding corn.Fruitfulness
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.