[ rot-er ]
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nounChiefly British Slang.
  1. a thoroughly bad, worthless, or objectionable person.

Origin of rotter

First recorded in 1890–95; rot + -er1

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

How to use rotter in a sentence

  • I know who you are, and there's just one name for your kind—you're an out and out rotter.

    The Highgrader | William MacLeod Raine
  • "I don't see Hornblower's such a rotter," remarked the other man, whose name was James.

    The Longest Journey | E. M. Forster
  • I would much rather hear it personally explained—the merest outline,—please tell me, it might help me not to be such a rotter—.

    Man and Maid | Elinor Glyn
  • I don't know how German girls of our age would enjoy her silly jokes, but I think she's a rotter!

  • Just like the rotter to study her own convenience and throw me over at the last moment.

    Poppy | Cynthia Stockley

British Dictionary definitions for rotter


/ (ˈrɒtə) /

  1. slang, mainly British a worthless, unpleasant, or despicable person

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