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, stinkyadjective

    very bad

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

  2. decayed, rotten, rottedadjective

    damaged by decay; hence unsound and useless

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

  3. rottenadjective

    having decayed or disintegrated; usually implies foulness

    "dead and rotten in his grave"


  1. rottenadverb

    To an extreme degree.

  2. rottenadjective

    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.

  3. rottenadjective

    In a state of decay.

  4. rottenadjective

    Cruel, mean or immoral.

  5. rottenadjective

    Bad or terrible.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

Webster Dictionary

  1. Rottenadjective

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

  2. Rottenadjective

    offensive to the smell; fetid; disgusting

  3. Rottenadjective

    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.]

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

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

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  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. Lawrence Szarka:

    We think that a nauseated feeling is an evolutionary adaptation to eject food that was rotten or toxic.

  2. Deshawn Yeldell:

    Peeps stay solid and protect yourself and your family by any means necessary, there’s shady people out here and a rotten Society, this world and life we live there will always be some heartbreaking things that you will see in the future that’s going to make you lose control of your emotions and break down and cry, keep your head up and don’t go off your rocker. -MillYentei _The Gorilla Roar!

  3. Health Minister Mehmet Muezzinoglu:

    The AK Party will clean up the its own rotten ones, with its own values. Nobody should doubt this. But it will not submit itself to a system with ill intentions.

  4. Raymond Chandler:

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

  5. Andy Manar:

    Our system today in the state is broken. It is rotten. It is not based on any level of equity.

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