rote 1[roht] ExamplesWord Origin noun

  1. routine; a fixed, habitual, or mechanical course of procedure: the rote of daily living.


  1. proceeding mechanically and repetitiously; being mechanical and repetitious in nature; routine; habitual: rote performance; rote implementation; His behavior became more rote with every passing year.


  1. by rote, from memory, without thought of the meaning; in a mechanical way: to learn a language by rote.

Origin of rote 1 1275–1325; Middle English; of obscure origin Examples from the Web for roter Historical Examples of roter

  • I was only gettin orf a goak, but you roter hev seen the Old Kurnal jump up & howl.

    The Complete Works of Artemus Ward

    Charles Farrar Browne (AKA Artemus Ward)

  • British Dictionary definitions for roter rote 1 noun

    1. a habitual or mechanical routine or procedure
    2. by rote by repetition; by heart (often in the phrase learn by rote)

    Word Origin for rote C14: origin unknown rote 2 noun

    1. an ancient violin-like musical instrument; crwth

    Word Origin for rote C13: from Old French rote, of Germanic origin; related to Old High German rotta, Middle Dutch rotte Word Origin and History for roter rote n.

    c.1300, “custom, habit,” in phrase bi rote “by heart,” of uncertain origin, sometimes said to be connected with Old French rote “route” (see route (n.)), or from Latin rota “wheel” (see rotary), but OED calls both suggestions groundless.

    Idioms and Phrases with roter rote

    see by heart (rote).

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