from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Slang Raw, inferior liquor.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. raw or poor quality alcoholic liquor
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Bad small beer.
- n. Any bad spirituous liquor, especially when adulterated so as to be very deleterious.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Bad or adulterated liquor, injurious to the stomach and bowels; in the United States, specifically, whisky adulterated with deleterious substances to cheapen it while increasing its apparent strength.
- Injurious and corrosive: said of bad liquor.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any alcoholic beverage of inferior quality
That doesn’t even do it well, because I’ve had some very good plonk, and rotgut is never good.
As long as they had somewhere they could peddle their hallucinogenic drugs, gamble their lives away and drown their sorrows in the kind of rotgut that'd leave their livers with the consistency of damp and mouldy Swiss cheese, they didn't care what the name of the damn place was.
'He has a place down here in a top loft, and has got two hundred and fifty barrels of "rotgut" whiskey.
"And to maintain cordial relations you deeded to them a fine but isolated farm where, uninterrupted, they could produce 'rotgut' to supply the entire Chicago area.
Same thing happens with whiskey – there are some real rotgut whiskeys out there with labels covered in medals.
Especially top quality hamburgers and tequila, not some sort of rotgut tequila and two-bit hamburgers made with supermarket green meat.
Nothing really made me go absolutely bonkers, but nothing was vile rotgut either.
All on location in Greenpoint, literal rotgut booze, and penis football in a junkyard.
In fact, it was nothing more than Old Crow, the cheapest rotgut I could find.
Yes, the distilled spirit known as moonshine, white lightning, white dog or simply white whiskey is the liquor of the moment, bringing together whiskey geeks, home distillers and high-end mixologists, all of whom find in the formerly clandestine rotgut a new means of expression, both for their palates and their politics.