rotten

[ rot-n ]
/ ˈrɒt n /

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.

Origin of rotten

1175–1225; Middle English roten < Old Norse rotinn, past participle of an unrecorded verb meaning “to rot”
Related formsrot·ten·ly, adverbrot·ten·ness, nounhalf-rot·ten, adjectiveun·rot·ten, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for rotten

rotten

/ (ˈrɒtən) /

adjective

adverb informal

extremely; very muchmen fancy her rotten
Derived Formsrottenly, adverbrottenness, noun

Word Origin for rotten

C13: from Old Norse rottin; related to Old English rotian to rot 1
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Word Origin and History for rotten

rotten


adj.

c.1300, from a Scandinavian source akin to Old Norse rotinn "decayed," past participle of verb related to rotna "to decay," from Proto-Germanic stem *rut- (see rot (v.)). Sense of "corrupt" is from late 14c.; weakened sense of "bad" first recorded 1881. Rotten apple is from a saying traced back to at least 1528: "For one rotten apple lytell and lytell putrifieth an whole heape." The Rotten Row in London and elsewhere probably is from a different word, but of uncertain origin.

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