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rotten

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adjective rot·ten \ˈrä-tən\

Simple Definition of rotten

  • : having rotted or decayed and no longer able to be used, eaten, etc.

  • : very bad or unpleasant

  • : not well or healthy

Full Definition of rotten

  1. 1 :  having rotted :  putrid

  2. 2 :  morally corrupt

  3. 3 :  extremely unpleasant or inferior <a rotten day> <a rotten job>

  4. 4 :  very uncomfortable <feeling rotten>

  5. 5 :  of very poor quality :  lousy, abominable <a rotten show> <what rotten luck>

rot·ten·ly adverb
rot·ten·ness play \-tən-(n)əs\ noun

Examples of rotten

  1. They did a rotten job.

  2. What rotten weather we're having.



Origin of rotten

Middle English roten, from Old Norse rotinn; akin to Old English rotian to rot


First Known Use: 13th century

Rhymes with rotten


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rotten

adverb rot·ten

Simple Definition of rotten

  • : very badly or poorly

  • : very much

Full Definition of rotten

  1. :  to an extreme degree <spoiled rotten>

Examples of rotten

  1. Those kids were spoiled rotten by their mother.



1880

First Known Use of rotten

1880



ROTTEN Defined for Kids

rotten

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adjective rot·ten \ˈrä-tən\

Definition of rotten

  1. 1 :  having rotted <rotten wood>

  2. 2 :  morally bad

  3. 3 :  of poor quality <They did a rotten job.>

  4. 4 :  very unpleasant <… being a teenager is pretty rotten—between pimples and worrying about how you smell! — Judy Blume, Are You There God?>





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