- The definition of rotten is someone or something extremely bad, corrupt, spoiled, unpleasant or decaying.
- A bad attitude is an example of something that would be described as a rotten attitude.
- A person who is bad at tennis is an example of someone who would be described as a rotten tennis player.
- A public official who accepts bribes is an example of a rotten individual.
- Food with mold growing on it is an example of something that would be described as rotten.
Three rotten oranges.
- in a decayed or decomposed state; spoiled, putrefied, tainted, etc.
- having a bad odor because of decomposition or decay; putrid; foul-smelling
- morally corrupt or offensive; dishonest, open to bribery, etc.
- unsound or weak, as if decayed within
- soft or easily broken as because of decomposition; friable: said of rocks, ice, etc.
- Slang very bad, unsatisfactory, nasty, etc.
Origin of rottenMiddle English roten ; from Old Norse rotinn ; from Indo-European an unverified form reud- ; from base an unverified form reu-, to tear, rip open (from source rude): probably used origin, originally of flax left to soak and rot
- Being in a state of putrefaction or decay; decomposed.
- Having a foul odor resulting from or suggestive of decay; putrid.
- Made weak or unsound by rot: rotten floorboards.
- Morally corrupt or despicable: She's rotten to the core.
- Very bad; wretched: rotten weather.
To a very great degree: The child is spoiled rotten.
Origin of rottenMiddle English roten, from Old Norse rotinn.
(comparative rottener or more rotten, superlative rottenest or most rotten)
- Of perishable items, overridden with bacteria and other infectious agents.
- If you leave a bin unattended for a few weeks, the rubbish inside will turn rotten.
- In a state of decay.
- The floors were damaged and the walls were rotten.
- His mouth stank and his teeth were rotten.
- Cruel, mean or immoral.
- That man is a rotten father.
- This rotten policy will create more injustice in this country.
- Bad or terrible.
- Why is the weather always rotten in this city?
- It was a rotten idea to take the boat out today.
- She has the flu and feels rotten.
- Nouns to which "rotten" is often applied: wood, food, egg, meat, fruit, tomato, apple, banana, milk, vegetable, stuff, tooth, smell, person, kid, bastard, scoundrel, weather.
(comparative more rotten, superlative most rotten)
- To an extreme degree.
- That kid is spoilt rotten.
- The girls fancy him something rotten.