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

Synonyms & Antonyms for rotten

Synonyms: Adjective

addled, bad, corrupted, decayed, decomposed, putrefied, putrid, spoiled

Antonyms: Adjective

undecomposed

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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

As rotten as these procedural shenanigans are, FERC is guilty of a more consequential deception. Robert Mcnamara And, WSJ, "Pipeline Builders Abuse Eminent Domain," 19 July 2018 The switch only highlighted the rotten state of local soccer, which has been plagued with corruption, chaos and unrelenting violence for years. Debora Rey, The Seattle Times, "Copa Libertadores final: A sign of Argentina’s decadence," 5 Dec. 2018 The first indication of the gas is usually a smell, similar to rotten eggs. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "A Poison-Detecting Watch for Gas and Oil Workers," 11 Nov. 2018 This is a rotten summer to become a restricted free agent because few teams will have the cap space to offer Gordon a massive contract. Josh Robbins, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Magic Mailbag: Will Orlando re-sign Aaron Gordon?," 30 June 2018 Even if the players aren't deliberately conspiring to get managers sacked, there's obviously something rotten in the state of Leicester. SI.com, "Why Riyad Mahrez May Have to Leave Leicester to Break the Foxes' Player Power Curse," 11 May 2018 As if that wasn’t warning enough to teach Allyson that something is rotten in Haddonfield, that guy is soon killed by Michael. Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, "Halloween Is More Than a Horror Movie—It's a Tribute to Mothers and Daughters," 20 Oct. 2018 Some species of fireflies lay their eggs in rotten logs and other brush on the forest floor, and the larvae feast on the slugs, snails, and worms that this type of damp habitat attracts. Rebecca Straus, Good Housekeeping, "5 Ways to Attract Fireflies to Your Yard," 19 July 2018 There's something rotten in the state of women's health. The Editors, Scientific American, "It’s Time to End the War on Women’s Health," 1 Sep. 2017

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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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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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