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rotten

[ rot-n ]
/ ˈrɒt n /
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adjective, rot·ten·er, rot·ten·est.
decomposing or decaying; putrid; tainted, foul, or bad-smelling.
corrupt or morally offensive.
wretchedly bad, unpleasant, or unsatisfactory; miserable: a rotten piece of work; a rotten day at the office.
contemptible; despicable: a rotten little liar; a rotten trick.
(of soil, rocks, etc.) soft, yielding, or friable as the result of decomposition.
Australian Slang. drunk.
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Origin of rotten

1175–1225; Middle English roten<Old Norse rotinn, past participle of an unrecorded verb meaning “to rot”

OTHER WORDS FROM rotten

rot·ten·ly, adverbrot·ten·ness, nounhalf-rotten, adjectiveun·rot·ten, adjective
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How to use rotten in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for rotten

rotten
/ (ˈrɒtən) /

adjective
adverb informal
extremely; very muchmen fancy her rotten

Derived forms of rotten

rottenly, adverbrottenness, noun

Word Origin for rotten

C13: from Old Norse rottin; related to Old English rotian to rot 1
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