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
Examples from the Web for rotting
The beds were crammed together, and a man in the middle of the room had spots of flesh on his body that obviously were rotting.
What does our desperation to get a nuclear deal at all costs say to the modern-day Iranian Solzhenitsyns rotting in Evin prison?
Savulchik thinks he was lucky to be at the hospital at all and not rotting in a field.Bitter Survivors and Caravans of Coffins from Ukraine’s “Eastern Boiler”|Anna Nemtsova|September 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
They were being carried out and the stench of their rotting flesh and bloated guts made it hard to examine them closely.
The small family home is still intact but the stench of rotting flesh that comes from inside is overpowering.
And now she wondered whether, when freed, she could ever again find that rotting log.The Flaming Jewel|Robert W. Chambers
The ends of the props or poles are either dipped in tar, or charred, to prevent their rotting.A Dictionary of Arts, Manufactures and Mines|Andrew Ure
The bottom of the hole was filled in with dead sticks, leaves, the rotting bodies of birds and lizards, bones of rats and dingoes.Spinifex and Sand|David W Carnegie
Although it looks clumsy, it has the advantage of not rotting the wood like an iron nail.Samoa, A Hundred Years Ago And Long Before|George Turner
He could not detach his dead hope from his life; its rotting carcass weighed it down and poisoned it.Cleo The Magnificent|Louis Zangwill
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.