- to undergo decomposition; decay.
- to deteriorate, disintegrate, fall, or become weak due to decay (often followed by away, from, off, etc.).
- to languish, as in confinement.
- to become morally corrupt or offensive.
- to cause to rot: Dampness rots wood.
- to cause moral decay in; cause to become morally corrupt.
- to ret (flax, hemp, etc.).
- the process of rotting.
- the state of being rotten; decay; putrefaction: the rot of an old house.
- rotting or rotten matter: the rot and waste of a swamp.
- moral or social decay or corruption.
- Pathology. any disease characterized by decay.
- Plant Pathology.
- any of various forms of decay produced by fungi or bacteria.
- any disease so characterized.
- Veterinary Pathology. a bacterial infection of sheep and cattle characterized by decay of the hoofs, caused by Fusobacterium necrophorum in cattle and Bacteroides nodosus in sheep.
- (used to express disagreement, distaste, or disgust.)
Origin of rot
SynonymsSee more synonyms for rot on Thesaurus.com
- rule of thumb.
Examples from the Web for 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
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
- to decay or cause to decay as a result of bacterial or fungal action
- (intr ; usually foll by off or away) to fall or crumble (off) or break (away), as from natural decay, corrosive action, or long use
- (intr) to become weak, debilitated, or depressed through inertia, confinement, etc; languishrotting in prison
- to become or cause to become morally corrupt or degenerate
- (tr) textiles another word for ret
- the process of rotting or the state of being rotten
- something decomposed, disintegrated, or degenerateRelated adjective: putrid
- short for dry rot
- pathol any putrefactive decomposition of tissues
- a condition in plants characterized by breakdown and decay of tissues, caused by bacteria, fungi, etc
- vet science a contagious fungal disease of the feet of sheep characterized by inflammation, swelling, a foul-smelling discharge, and lameness
- (also interjection) nonsense; rubbish
- rotation (of a mathematical function)
Word Origin and History 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.
- To undergo decomposition, especially organic decomposition; decay.
- Any of several plant diseases characterized by the breakdown of tissue and caused by various bacteria or fungi.