rock-bot·​tom | \ˈräk-ˈbä-təm \

Definition of rock-bottom 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: being the very lowest rock-bottom prices also : fundamental the rock-bottom question

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Definition of rock bottom (Entry 2 of 2)

: the lowest or most fundamental part or level

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Synonyms & Antonyms for rock-bottom

Synonyms: Adjective

bottom, bottommost, low, lowermost, nethermost, undermost

Synonyms: Noun

bedrock, bottom, depth, nadir, zero

Antonyms: Adjective

highest, loftiest, top, topmost, upmost, uppermost

Antonyms: Noun

acme, apex, climax, crown, culmination, head, height, high-water mark, meridian, peak, pinnacle, summit, tip-top, top, zenith

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Examples of rock-bottom in a Sentence


After years of heavy drug use, she has finally reached rock bottom. Their marriage has hit rock bottom.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

If Deutsche has hit rock bottom, Mr. Braunstein’s bet could pay out handsomely. Paul J. Davies, WSJ, "Why Deutsche’s New Investor Is No Warren Buffett," 2 Nov. 2018 Since hitting rock bottom, Grichuk has slashed .321/.377/.732 with six homers and 15 RBI. Michael Beller,, "Plenty of Outfield Talent Available on the Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire," 22 June 2018 That approach makes sense to parents who feel that the district’s rock bottom test scores demand extraordinary measures. Koby Levin, Detroit Free Press, "Thousands of grade school children in Detroit go without recess," 7 July 2018 More: Paul Daugherty column: Have the 2018 Cincinnati Reds finally reached rock bottom? John Fay,, "Cincinnati Reds' Jim Riggleman says Brandon Finnegan will get one more start; beyond that?," 7 May 2018 Goldschmidt hit rock bottom in May, posting a .144 average to go along with 35 strikeouts in 26 games. Richard Morin, azcentral, "Red-hot Paul Goldschmidt has led Diamondbacks offense to power surge in June," 16 June 2018 In 2014, Cassidy's struggles with substance abuse hit rock bottom when he was arrested for three DUIs in three years, and a judge ordered him to spend 90 days in alcohol rehab. Eileen Reslen, Good Housekeeping, "David Cassidy Confessed to Lying About Dementia to Cover Up Alcohol Abuse Before His Death," 6 June 2018 People have wondered when decency would hit rock bottom with this administration. Mike Debonis, Washington Post, "Meghan McCain dismisses ‘nothingburgers’ attacking her ailing father, John McCain," 11 May 2018 Poverty, unemployment, obesity, and teen pregnancy rates rank among the highest in the country, while education equity and life expectancy are at rock bottom. Tess Strokes, Outside Online, "Trading Football for Fat Tires in Mississippi," 6 June 2018

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First Known Use of rock-bottom


1884, in the meaning defined above


1890, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of rock-bottom

 (Entry 1 of 2)

of a price : very low

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English Language Learners Definition of rock bottom (Entry 2 of 2)

: the lowest possible level or point

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