[ rot-guht ]
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  1. cheap and inferior liquor.

Origin of rotgut

First recorded in 1590–1600; rot + gut

Words Nearby rotgut Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use rotgut in a sentence

  • 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
  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for rotgut


/ (ˈrɒtˌɡʌt) /

  1. facetious, slang alcoholic drink, esp spirits, of inferior quality

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