rotten

adjective
rot·​ten | \ˈrä-tᵊn \

Definition of rotten 

(Entry 1 of 2)

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

rotten

adverb

Definition of rotten (Entry 2 of 2)

: to an extreme degree spoiled rotten

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Other Words from rotten

Adjective

rottenly adverb
rottenness \ ˈrä-​tᵊn-​(n)əs \ noun

Examples of rotten in a Sentence

Adjective

They did a rotten job. What rotten weather we're having.

Adverb

Those kids were spoiled rotten by their mother.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Never leave rotten vegetables and leaves on the ground in your vegetable garden. Dan Gill, NOLA.com, "How to keep insects, weeds and diseases out of your South Louisiana garden," 24 May 2018 Bacterial growth is responsible for a rotten egg or sewage smell residents have complained about. Michael Livingston, latimes.com, "Water quality report offers solutions to inconvenient troubles," 11 July 2018 The lush green jungle has become rotten, yellow vegetation. Stephanie Elam, CNN, "Four people airlifted as fast-moving lava threatens more homes in Hawaii," 19 May 2018 Never mind the wooden lamp post, rotten, fallen on its face like a corpse in the wet grass, which needs to be cut. Susan Dunne, courant.com, "CT Poet To Share Her Beloved's Journey Through Alzheimer's At Sunken Garden Fest," 17 May 2018 If that's the case in 2018, then look no further than these 13 big-ticket beauty items that are sure to spoil your mom rotten (in a good way) on her special day. Lauren Swanson, Allure, "13 Mother’s Day Gifts For the Mom Who Has Everything," 24 Apr. 2018 That would amount to a rotten deal, voices from across the spectrum warned Trump on Monday. Tory Newmyer, Washington Post, "The Finance 202: Trump's China reversal sparks bipartisan fears of a hasty deal," 15 May 2018 Meanwhile, a bipartisan group of senators has introduced legislation that would block lenders from foisting rotten refi deals on VA borrowers. Kenneth R. Harney, chicagotribune.com, "How lenders who prey on veterans hurt other homebuyers as well," 13 Feb. 2018 Sufferers report smelling hydrogen sulfide (rotten eggs), bad perfume, garbage, a gas leak, wet dog, pungent body odor or spoiled fish or feces. NBC News, "Phantom smells may be a sign of trouble," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of rotten

Adjective

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adverb

1880, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rotten

Adjective

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

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The first known use of rotten was in the 13th century

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More Definitions for rotten

rotten

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of rotten

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

: very bad or unpleasant

: not well or healthy

rotten

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of rotten (Entry 2 of 2)

: very badly or poorly

: very much

rotten

adjective
rot·​ten | \ˈrä-tᵊn \

Kids Definition of rotten

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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