- Rot is defined as a way to show annoyance or disgust.
An example of rot used as an interjection is in the following sentences: "Rot! I left my cell phone at home!"
- Rot means something decayed or decomposed.
An example of a rot is a moldy, smelly piece of fruit.
- Rot is defined as to decay or decompose.
An example of rot is for an apple to go bad.
This apple has begun to rot.
intransitive verbrotted, rotting
- to decompose gradually by the action of bacteria, fungi, etc.; decay; spoil
- to fall or pass (off, away, etc.) by decaying
- to become unhealthy, sickly, etc.: to rot in prison
- to become morally corrupt; degenerate
Origin of rotMiddle English roten ; from Old English rotian, akin to Dutch rotten: for Indo-European base see rotten
- to cause to rot, or decompose
- a rotting or being rotten; decay, decomposition, or putrefaction
- a rotting or rotten thing or part
- any of various diseases; esp., a necrotic inflammatory disease of specific organs or tissues of domestic animals, as foot rot
- any of various plant diseases caused by fungi or bacteria and characterized by decay
- Slang nonsense; rubbish; twaddle; bosh
Origin of rotME < ON, akin to OE rotian
verbrot·ted, rot·ting, rots
- To undergo decomposition, especially organic decomposition; decay. See Synonyms at decay.
- a. To become damaged, weakened, or useless because of decay: The beams had rotted away.b. To disappear or fall by decaying: One could see the blackened areas where the branches had rotted off.
- To deteriorate through neglect or inactivity; languish or decline: “He upset Alice by calling Washington &ellipsis; a sink of boredom and saying he was rotting there” (John Dos Passos).
- To decay morally; become degenerate.
- The process of rotting or the condition of being rotten: The rot spread quickly, rendering the bridge unsafe even for pedestrians.
- Foot rot.
- Any of several plant diseases characterized by the breakdown of tissue and caused by various bacteria, fungi, or oomycetes.
- Pointless talk; nonsense: She always talks such rot.
- Archaic Any of various diseases causing the decay of flesh.
Origin of rotMiddle English roten, from Old English rotian.
(third-person singular simple present rots, present participle rotting, simple past and past participle rotted)
- (intransitive) To suffer decomposition due to biological action, especially by fungi or bacteria.
- (intransitive) To decline in function or utility.
- (intransitive) To deteriorate in any way.
- I hope they all rot in prison for what they've done.
- To make putrid; to cause to be wholly or partially decomposed by natural processes.
- to rot vegetable fiber
- To expose, as flax, to a process of maceration, etc., for the purpose of separating the fiber; to ret.
From Middle English rotten, roten, from Old English rotian (“to rot, become corrupted, ulcerate, putrefy”), from Proto-Germanic *rutōną (“to rot”), from Proto-Indo-European *reud- (“to tear”), from *reu- (“to tear, dig, gather”). Cognate with West Frisian rotsje (“to rot”), Dutch rotten (“to rot”), German rößen (“to steep flax”) and German verrotten (“to rot”), Icelandic rotna (“to rot”). See rotten.