[ shot-n ]
/ ˈʃɒt n /
(of fish, especially herring) having recently ejected the spawn.
Obsolete. (of a bone) dislocated.
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Origin of shotten
1175–1225; Middle English, past participle of shoot1
Words nearby shotten
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Example sentences 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!|Charles Kingsley
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
British Dictionary definitions for shotten
/ (ˈʃɒtən) /
(of fish, esp herring) having recently spawned
archaic worthless or undesirable
Word Origin for shotten
C15: from obsolete past participle of shoot
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