shotten
adjective Etymology: Middle English shotyn, from past participle of sheten to shoot Date: 15th century having ejected the spawn and so of inferior food value <
shotten herring
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  • Shotten — Shot ten, n. [Properly p. p. of shoot; AS. scoten, sceoten, p. p. of sce[ o]tan.] 1. Having ejected the spawn; as, a shotten herring. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. Shot out of its socket; dislocated, as a bone. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • shotten — having shot its spawn, and accordingly of inferior value, mid 15c., from pp. of SHOOT (Cf. shoot) (q.v.). Originally of fish; applied to persons, with sense of exhausted by sickness, from 1590s …   Etymology dictionary

  • shotten — [shät′ n] vt., vi. obs. pp. of SHOOT adj. [in specialized sense (esp. applied to herrings), prob. infl. by Du schoten] 1. that has recently spawned and so become of inferior food value: said of fish 2. Archaic undesirable …   English World dictionary

  • shotten — ˈshätən adjective Etymology: Middle English shotyn, from shoten, shotyn (past participle of sheten, shoten, shuten to shoot), from Old English gescoten 1. a. : having ejected the spawn and so of inferior food value full or shotten herrings …   Useful english dictionary

  • Shotten — Shoot Shoot, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Shot}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Shooting}. The old participle {Shotten} is obsolete. See {Shotten}.] [OE. shotien, schotien, AS. scotian, v. i., sce[ o]tan; akin to D. schieten, G. schie?en, OHG. sciozan, Icel. skj?ta,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • shotten — recently spawned and thus less desirable as food, e.g. especially said of herring …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • shotten — /shot n/, adj. 1. (of fish, esp. herring) having recently ejected the spawn. 2. Obs. (of a bone) dislocated. [1175 1225; ME, ptp. of SHOOT] * * * …   Universalium

  • shotten — [ ʃɒt(ə)n] adjective (of a herring) having spawned. Origin ME: archaic past participle of shoot …   English new terms dictionary

  • shotten — shot·ten …   English syllables

  • shotten — shot•ten [[t]ˈʃɒt n[/t]] adj. ich (of fish, esp. herring) having recently ejected the spawn • Etymology: 1175–1225; ME, ptp. of shoot …   From formal English to slang

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