Definition of rot noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//rɒt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɑːt//
    [uncountable] How a building looks
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  1. 1the process or state of decaying and falling apart The wood must not get damp as rot can quickly result. see also dry rot, wet rot See related entries: How a building looks
  2. 2the rot used to describe the fact that a situation is getting worse The rot set in last year when they reorganized the department. The team should manage to stop the rot if they play well this week.
  3. 3(old-fashioned, British English) nonsense; silly things that somebody says synonym rubbish Don't talk such rot!
  4. Word OriginOld English rotian (verb), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch rotten; the noun (Middle English) may have come via Scandinavian.
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