- Rote is defined as a routine, mechanical way of doing something.
When you repeat spelling words over and over, this is an example of memorizing something by rote.
rote definition by Webster's New World
Origin: Middle English ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
Origin: probably via Middle English dialect, dialectal ; from Scandinavian as in Old Norse rauta, to roar, akin to Old High German rōz, a weeping, wailing: for Indo-European base see raucous
Origin: Middle English ; from Old French ; from Frankish an unverified form hrōta (akin to Old High German hrotta) ; from Celtic chrotta from source Welsh crwth, crowd
rote definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A memorizing process using routine or repetition, often without full attention or comprehension: learn by rote.
- Mechanical routine.
Origin: Middle English.
- rote adjective
Origin: Probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse rauta, to roar.
Origin: Middle English, from Old French, probably of Germanic origin.
rote - Phrases/Idioms