- (of fish, especially herring) having recently ejected the spawn.
- Obsolete. (of a bone) dislocated.
Origin of shotten
Examples from the Web for shotten
And tell me, ye sons of shotten herrings, wasn't it worth more to save him than the dirty silver?Westward Ho!
The horns of some of the Elk have not yet fallen off, and those of others have shotten out to the length of six inches.The Journals of Lewis and Clark
Meriwether Lewis and William Clark
- (of fish, esp herring) having recently spawned
- archaic worthless or undesirable
Word Origin and History for shotten
"having shot its spawn," and accordingly of inferior value, mid-15c., past participle adjective from shoot (v.). Originally of fish; applied to persons, with sense of "exhausted by sickness," from 1590s.