adjective, rot·ten·er, rot·ten·est.
Origin of rotten
Examples from the Web for rotten
It has grown from a rotten root—striving to replace human judgment with detailed dictates.
Which to me, after the initial explosion of the Sex Pistols, always made Rotten kind of boring.The Rancid Ballad of Johnny Rotten: His Memoir Seethes With Anger—And Charm|Legs McNeil|November 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Yeonmi had been hospitalized at the time for a stomach illness, likely from her diet of rotten potatoes.How ‘Titanic ’Helped This Brave Young Woman Escape North Korea’s Totalitarian State|Lizzie Crocker|October 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Fittingly to that point, its Rotten Tomato score (as of Tuesday evening) was a flat 50 percent.
They know this is a rotten deal and they are demoralized, running faster and faster with no hope of catching up.
She really was a splendid animal, unhurt either by excessive work or—as many modern mothers are—by a rotten fashionable life.Here and Hereafter|Barry Pain
Why should not a bit of rotten malaria act in a similar manner within the human frame?Fragments of science, V. 1-2|John Tyndall
After the burial of the rotten boroughs came the railway, and a long time after the railway the artists and authors.Highways and Byways in Surrey|Eric Parker
The examination of rotten sheep is not altogether free from danger.Parasites|T. Spencer Cobbold
They are built on piles of wood, running out to some distance in the water, and covered with rotten, black-looking boards.Life in the Clearings versus the Bush|Susanna Moodie
British Dictionary definitions for rotten
Word Origin for rotten
Word Origin and History for rotten
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.