the natural process of decaying, or the part of something that has decayed: ➔ dry rot
the smell of rot
wood that is soft with rot
a state in which something becomes bad or does not work as well as it should:
He criticized the talk shows as 'cultural rot'.
stop the rot British English (=stop a bad situation getting worse)
The team has enough good players to stop the rot.
the rot set in British English (=a situation started to get worse)
It was after he left the company that the rot set in.
3 [uncountable] British English old-fashioned
You do talk rot!