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"


  1. rotten(Adverb)

    To an extreme degree.

  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.

  3. rotten(Adjective)

    In a state of decay.

  4. rotten(Adjective)

    Cruel, mean or immoral.

  5. rotten(Adjective)

    Bad or terrible.

  6. Origin: 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.]

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

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

How to pronounce rotten?

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How to say rotten in sign language?

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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. Dick Francis:

    Emotion is a rotten base for politics.

  2. Mehmet Murat ildan:

    A rotten ship is not afraid of the storms!

  3. Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino:

    They are rotten apples, individual actions.

  4. William Shakespeare:

    Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.

  5. Proverb:

    Politics is a rotten egg;if broken,it stinks

Images & Illustrations of rotten

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