rotter

[rot-er]
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Origin of rotter

First recorded in 1890–95; rot + -er1
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Related Words for rotter

bounder, boor, rake, rascal, dog, louse, rat, lout, creep, scoundrel, clown, heel, cur, stinker, rotter, worm

Examples from the Web for rotter

Historical Examples of rotter

  • Because I'm a rotter in one way, I'm not necessarily a rotter in all.

  • He said it just like that,––as if being a rawncher was as easy as being a rotter.

  • The fellow was a rotter—he was sure of it, had always been sure.

    Beyond

    John Galsworthy

  • We called him a swine, a rotter, a skunk, and an absolute cad.

    The Blower of Bubbles

    Arthur Beverley Baxter

  • Verplank is a very good sort, whereas this Barouffski is a rotter.

    The Monster

    Edgar Saltus


British Dictionary definitions for rotter

rotter

noun
  1. slang, mainly British a worthless, unpleasant, or despicable person
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Word Origin and History for rotter
n.

"person deemed objectionable on moral grounds," 1889, slang, from rot + -er (3).

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