What does rotten mean?

Definitions for rotten
ˈrɒt nrot·ten

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word rotten.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. icky, crappy, lousy, rotten, shitty, stinking, stinky(adj)

    very bad

    "a lousy play"; "it's a stinking world"

  2. decayed, rotten, rotted(adj)

    damaged by decay; hence unsound and useless

    "rotten floor boards"; "rotted beams"; "a decayed foundation"

  3. rotten(adj)

    having decayed or disintegrated; usually implies foulness

    "dead and rotten in his grave"

Wiktionary

  1. rotten(Adverb)

    To an extreme degree.

    Etymology: From roten, from rotinn, past participle of an unrecorded verb related to rotna and rotian. More at rot.

  2. rotten(Adjective)

    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.

    Etymology: From roten, from rotinn, past participle of an unrecorded verb related to rotna and rotian. More at rot.

  3. rotten(Adjective)

    In a state of decay.

    Etymology: From roten, from rotinn, past participle of an unrecorded verb related to rotna and rotian. More at rot.

  4. rotten(Adjective)

    Cruel, mean or immoral.

    Etymology: From roten, from rotinn, past participle of an unrecorded verb related to rotna and rotian. More at rot.

  5. rotten(Adjective)

    Bad or terrible.

    Etymology: From roten, from rotinn, past participle of an unrecorded verb related to rotna and rotian. More at rot.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Rotten(adj)

    having rotted; putrid; decayed; as, a rotten apple; rotten meat

  2. Rotten(adj)

    offensive to the smell; fetid; disgusting

  3. Rotten(adj)

    not firm or trusty; unsound; defective; treacherous; unsafe; as, a rotten plank, bone, stone

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Rotten

    rot′n, adj. putrefied: corrupt: decomposed: unsound: treacherous: fetid: friable, as rottenstone.—adv. Rott′enly, in a rotten manner: defectively.—ns. Rott′enness; Rott′enstone, a soft and earthy stone powdered to polish brass, &c.—v.t. to polish with rottenstone. [Rot.]

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    Rank popularity for the word 'rotten' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4105

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of rotten in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of rotten in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of rotten in a Sentence

  1. Raymond Chandler:

    He didn't know the right people. That's all a police record means in this rotten crime-ridden country.

  2. President Trump:

    I’d actually say—how is he going to explain to his grandchildren all of the lies, the deceit, all of the problems he has caused for this country? i think of the things I’ve done for the country, the firing of James Comey is going to go down as a very good thing…The FBI is a fantastic institution, but some of the people at the top were rotten apples. James Comey was one of them.

  3. State Rep. Mike Kennedy:

    And not convenient and at the same time if there are disagreements, there’s a way to respectfully disagree. I don’t believe that throwing criticisms likes throwing rotten tomatoes at a poor actor on stage is the best way to go about things.

  4. Ancient Egyptian:

    A rotten fish spoils all the fish in the basket.

  5. William Shakespeare:

    Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.

Images & Illustrations of rotten

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