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Definitions for rotten
ˈrɒt nrot·ten

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage 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


  1. rotten

    Rotten is a term used to describe something that has decayed, degraded, or deteriorated, often due to age or lack of preservation. This term is frequently used to refer to food or organic materials that have become unfit for consumption or use due to bacterial or fungal actions. It can also be metaphorically used to describe something as extremely bad, unpleasant, or corrupt.

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

Anagrams for rotten »

  1. Trento

  2. terton

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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. Tom Robbins:

    When she was a small girl, Amanda hid a ticking clock in an old, rotten tree trunk. It drove woodpeckers crazy. Ignoring tasty bugs all around them, they just about beat their brains out trying to get at the clock. Years later, Amanda used the woodpecker experiment as a model for understanding capitalism, Communism, Christianity, and all other systems that traffic in future rewards rather than in present realities.

  2. Dick Francis:

    Emotion is a rotten base for politics.

  3. William Shakespeare:

    Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.

  4. Prince Sihanouk in a letter to Time magazine:

    As an anti-American, I thank you for your rotten article devoted to my person.

  5. Lesley Conger:

    Every act of dishonesty has at least two victims the one we think of as the victim, and the perpetrator as well. Each little dishonesty ... makes another little rotten spot somewhere in the perpetrator's psyche.

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