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rotten

adjective rot·ten \ ˈrä-tᵊn \
|Updated on: 14 Jul 2018

Definition of rotten

1 : having rotted : putrid
2 : morally corrupt
3 : extremely unpleasant or inferior
  • a rotten day
  • a rotten job
4 : very uncomfortable
  • feeling rotten
5 : of very poor quality : lousy, abominable
  • a rotten show
  • what rotten luck

rottenly

adverb

rottenness

play \ˈrä-tᵊn-(n)əs\ noun

Examples of rotten in a Sentence

  1. They did a rotten job.

  2. What rotten weather we're having.

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Origin and Etymology of rotten

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

rotten Synonyms


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rotten

adverb

Definition of rotten

: to an extreme degree
  • spoiled rotten

Examples of rotten in a Sentence

  1. Those kids were spoiled rotten by their mother.

First Known Use of rotten

1880

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ROTTEN Defined for English Language Learners

rotten

Definition of rotten for English Language Learners

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

  • : very bad or unpleasant

  • : not well or healthy


rotten

Definition of rotten for English Language Learners

  • : very badly or poorly

  • : very much


ROTTEN Defined for Kids

rotten

adjective rot·ten \ ˈrä-tᵊn \

Definition of rotten for Students

1 : having rotted
  • rotten wood
2 : morally bad
3 : of poor quality
  • They did a rotten job.
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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