1. to talk nonsense; thus rotting n. and adj. [rot n.1 ].
|Complete Stalky & Co. (1987) 184: Drop rottin’ for a minute. I want to find out about the Head bein’ where he was.‘A Little Prep’ in|
|Magnet 22 Feb. 15: Bite a bit out of his leg, Grip, and stop his rotting. [Ibid.] 7 Mar. 11: I never thought he was rotting. I don’t see what he wanted to lie about it for.|
|Psmith Journalist (1993) 299: ‘He is indispensable, Comrade Jackson, indispensable.’ ‘No rotting.’.|
|Berry and Co 51: I’m not rotting. It was real — something that mattered.|
|Gang War 112: ‘Don’t rot, Mac,’ Gilliver said uneasily.|
2. to spoil, to interfere with, to ruin [i.e. to render SE rotten].
|Complete Stalky & Co. (1987) 121: It takes the house-masters off their work, and it gives the prefects a heap too much power, an’ — an’ — it rots up everything.‘The Moral Reformers’ in|
|House Prefect 104: You can see Bob’s off you, and we don’t want to rot the whole thing up, just when he’s begun to be decent again.|
|Peking Picnic 323: I’ve got a complex about the whole business, and you know why. Well, that might rot it all up, at any moment [OED].|
3. to tease heavily, to abuse, to denigrate; thus rotting n. [rot n.1 ].
|Letters 89: We all rot him about it frightfully.|
|Complete Stalky & Co. (1987) 210: Look here, Turkey, you musn’t rot the corps.‘The Flag of Their Country’ in|
|Marvel 27 Oct. 391: Oh, don’t rot!|
|Lighter Side of School Life 181: Bless you, we don’t do any work; we just rot Duck-face.|
|(con. 1900s) Oppidan 38: Hinting that there might be a sport taking the mysterious form of ‘rotting the Flea.’.|
|May Fair (1947) 189: ‘Look here, no rotting!’ he warned her.|
|Eight Bells & Top Masts (2001) 136: Every morning they [i.e stewards] get it wrong [...] So on Monday Ainslie and I thought we’d rot them up.diary 14 July in|
4. (US campus) to be irritating or unsatisfactory; usu. as that rots.
|Campus Sl. Fall 6: rots – very bad or annoying or disappointing.|
|Campus Sl. Fall 7: that rots – that’s a bad situation: ‘I have two mid-terms tomorrow.’ ‘That rots.’.|
|Always Running (1996) 10: The words ‘Efrain Rots’ had been emblazoned on a wall.|
(UK society) to laze around, to idle, to fool around.
|Passing Eng. of the Victorian Era.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 22 Aug. 24/1: I rot along from day to day, / Amused to see strong, foolish men / At toil. I’m not inclined that way, / For when I’m old (unless by then / I do a loaf beneath the mould) / I’ll draw my pension – when I’m old!|
|Peace in Our Time 30: It was stupid [...] the way fellows rotted about, filling themselves up with a lot of drinks.|
to defeat comprehensively.
|Llama Parlour 238: This would just about rot his socks off.|
for all excls. see under rot! excl.1