Rotten Definition

rŏtn
rottenest, rottener
adjective
rottenest, rottener
In a decayed or decomposed state; spoiled, putrefied, tainted, etc.
Webster's New World
Having a bad odor because of decomposition or decay; putrid; foul-smelling.
Webster's New World
Unsound or weak, as if decayed within.
Webster's New World
Morally corrupt or offensive; dishonest, open to bribery, etc.
Webster's New World
Soft or easily broken as because of decomposition; friable.
Webster's New World
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adverb
To a very great degree.
The child is spoiled rotten.
American Heritage

Other Word Forms of Rotten

Adjective

Base Form:
rotten
Comparative:
rottener
Superlative:
rottenest

Origin of Rotten

  • 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

  • Middle English roten from Old Norse rotinn

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

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