rotten

adjective
rot·​ten | \ ˈrä-tᵊn How to pronounce rotten (audio) \

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 How to pronounce rottenness (audio) \ 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

Lawyers and physicians who toured several CBP facilities this summer described rotten and expired food, lack of hot meals, baby formula not designed for the ages of the babies receiving it, and inadequate access to drinking water. Melissa Howell, Quartz, "How America’s bad eating habits impact kids in detention centers," 26 Aug. 2019 But the state of Roy is so rotten that a disgusting smell emanates throughout the manse. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "Succession Is Better Than Ever," 11 Aug. 2019 The Revenge, which online critics and audiences alike rate as entirely rotten. Eva Frederick, Science | AAAS, "Artificial intelligence predicts which movies will succeed—and fail—simply from plot summaries," 2 Aug. 2019 Now another episode has strengthened the impression that something is rotten in the heart of the government. The Economist, "Britain humbled after Donald Trump pushes out its ambassador," 11 July 2019 Sarah Standifer, assistant director of Dallas Water Utilities, said the material could be rotten fruit and vegetables. Robert Wilonsky, Dallas News, "Dallas water and environmental officials investigating murky, pungent discharge into Trinity River," 30 July 2019 Something is rotten in the best drama category, all right. Mark Dawidziak, cleveland.com, "‘Game of Thrones’ wins most nominations for worst season," 18 July 2019 July 10 news story Seems like something is rotten at the aerotropolis. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: Truly end gerrymandering (7/13/19)," 13 July 2019 Now another episode has strengthened the impression that something is rotten in the heart of the government. The Economist, "Britain humbled after Donald Trump pushes out its ambassador," 11 July 2019

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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)

informal
: very badly or poorly
: very much

rotten

adjective
rot·​ten | \ ˈrä-tᵊn How to pronounce rotten (audio) \

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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