rot·​ter | \ ˈrä-tər How to pronounce rotter (audio) \

Definition of rotter

: a thoroughly objectionable person

Keep scrolling for more

Synonyms for rotter


bastard, beast, bleeder [British], blighter [chiefly British], boor, bounder, bugger, buzzard, cad, chuff, churl, clown, creep, cretin, crud [slang], crumb [slang], cur, dirtbag [slang], dog, fink, heel, hound, jerk, joker, louse, lout, pill, rat, rat fink, reptile, schmuck [slang], scum, scumbag [slang], scuzzball [slang], skunk, sleaze, sleazebag [slang], sleazeball [slang], slime, slimeball [slang], slob, snake, so-and-so, sod [chiefly British], stinkard, stinker, swine, toad, varmint, vermin

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Examples of rotter in a Sentence

the dirty rotter dumped his wife to marry his secretary

Recent Examples on the Web

This rich rotter’s story, needless to say, does not end well for him. Dorothy Rabinowitz, WSJ, "‘Guilty Rich’ Review: Dirty Money," 24 Aug. 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'rotter.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of rotter

1879, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about rotter

Statistics for rotter

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for rotter

The first known use of rotter was in 1879

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for rotter



English Language Learners Definition of rotter

British, informal + old-fashioned : a very bad person

More from Merriam-Webster on rotter

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with rotter

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for rotter

Comments on rotter

What made you want to look up rotter? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


one from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Musical Words Quiz

  • gramophone
  • Which word describes a musical performance marked by the absence of instrumental accompaniment?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!