I. adjective Etymology: Middle English roten, from Old Norse rotinn; akin to Old English rotian to rot Date: 13th century 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
rottenly adverbrottenness noun II. adverb Date: 1880 to an extreme degree <
spoiled rotten

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • rotten — early 13c., from O.N. rotinn decayed, pp. of verb related to rotna to decay, from P.Gmc. stem *rut (see ROT (Cf. rot)). Sense of corrupt is from late 14c.; weakened sense of bad first recorded 1881. Rotten apple is from a saying traced back to at …   Etymology dictionary

  • rotten — [adj1] decayed, decaying bad, badsmelling, corroded, corrupt, crumbled, crumbling, decomposed, decomposing, disgusting, disintegrated, disintegrating, fecal, feculent, festering, fetid, foul, gross, infected, loathsome, loud, mephitic, moldering …   New thesaurus

  • rotten — ► ADJECTIVE 1) suffering from decay. 2) corrupt. 3) informal very bad or unpleasant. ► ADVERB informal ▪ very much: your mother spoiled you rotten. DERIVATIVES rottenness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • Rotten — Rotten, so v.w. Rothflosser …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

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  • rotten — index heinous, marred, odious, profligate (corrupt), repulsive, stale, tainted (contaminated) …   Law dictionary

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  • rotten — [rät′ n] adj. [ME roten < ON rotinn < IE * reud < base * reu , to tear, rip open (> RUDE): prob. used orig. of flax left to soak and rot] 1. in a decayed or decomposed state; spoiled, putrefied, tainted, etc. 2. having a bad odor… …   English World dictionary

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