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[rot-guht] /ˈrɒtˌgʌt/
noun, Slang.
cheap and inferior liquor.
Origin of rotgut
1590-1600; rot + gut Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • It must be the rotgut from l'Assommoir that was hacking away inside him.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
  • Men always say a whole lot when theyre full of rotgut, unless they get nasty.

    The Plunderer Roy Norton
  • I'd sooner have had a pint of old Stringybark, too, than a bucketful of their rotgut liquors.

    The Gully of Bluemansdyke A. Conan Doyle
  • "That's all that rotgut's good for," the customer said, jumping over the counter.

    Null-ABC Henry Beam Piper and John Joseph McGuire
  • Now he was the official distiller, and the rotgut he produced was the only thing that made existence bearable.

    The Colonists Raymond F. Jones
British Dictionary definitions for rotgut


(facetious, slang) alcoholic drink, esp spirits, of inferior quality
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Word Origin and History for rotgut

also rot-gut, "unwholesome liquor," 1630s, from rot (v.) + gut (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for rotgut



Inferior liquor; panther piss: pre-Prohibition rotgut (1597+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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