Rotten meaning

rŏtn
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Unsound or weak, as if decayed within.
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In a decayed or decomposed state; spoiled, putrefied, tainted, etc.
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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.

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Very bad; wretched.

Rotten weather.

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To a very great degree.

The child is spoiled rotten.

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Having a bad odor because of decomposition or decay; putrid; foul-smelling.
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Morally corrupt or offensive; dishonest, open to bribery, etc.
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Soft or easily broken as because of decomposition; friable.
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Very bad, unsatisfactory, nasty, etc.
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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.

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In a state of decay.

The floors were damaged and the walls were rotten.

His mouth stank and his teeth were rotten.

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That man is a rotten father.

This rotten policy will create more injustice in this country.

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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.

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To an extreme degree.

That kid is spoilt rotten.

The girls fancy him something rotten.

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Being in a state of putrefaction or decay; decomposed.
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Having a foul odor resulting from or suggestive of decay; putrid.
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Made weak or unsound by rot.

Rotten floorboards.

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Morally corrupt or despicable.

She's rotten to the core.

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Origin of rotten

  • Middle English roten from Old Norse rotinn

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English roten, from Old Norse rotinn (“decayed, rotten”), past participle of an unrecorded verb related to Old Norse rotna (“to rot”) and Old English rotian (“to rot”). More at rot.

    From Wiktionary