[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. rototome,
  2. rotovate,
  3. rotproof,
  4. rotta,
  5. rotte,
  6. rotten apple,
  7. rotten borough,
  8. rotten egg,
  9. rotten ice,
  10. rotten to the core

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for rottenness


/ (ˈrɒtən) /


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 rottenness
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