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 rottedperish, decay, disintegrate, warp, crumble, wither, spoil, molder, stain, decompose, languish, decline, pervert, debase, fester, worsen, debauch, taint, turn, deprave
Examples from the Web for rotted
Contemporary Examples of rotted
Their house, which has never been painted, is sagging and rotted and porous.American Dreams: ‘Tobacco Road’ by Erskine Caldwell
April 30, 2012
Historical Examples of rotted
The plants in Figure 82 grew in the woods where a log had rotted down.The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise
M. E. Hard
A battery which has a leaky jar will also have a case which is rotted at the bottom and sides.
Positives which are rotted and disintegrated are, of course, hopeless, and must be junked.
The stump had rotted so that one could kick it to pieces with the heel of a boot.The Pirate of Panama
William MacLeod Raine
How could hands alone repair a bridge which had rotted away?The Philippine Islands
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.