rot·​gut | \ ˈrät-ˌgət How to pronounce rotgut (audio) \

Definition of rotgut

: cheap or inferior liquor

Examples of rotgut in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web During that time, rotgut liquor wasn’t ideal for drinking straight, which made speakeasies get creative, birthing some delicious cocktails that endure to this day. Jeremy Repanich, Robb Report, 14 Nov. 2021 Moonshine that falls into the rotgut category could be dangerous and even deadly for anyone desperate enough to drink it. Alan Ashe, CNN, 7 June 2018

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First Known Use of rotgut

1632, in the meaning defined above

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25 Nov 2021

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“Rotgut.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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