[ shot-n ]
/ ˈʃɒt n /


(of fish, especially herring) having recently ejected the spawn.
Obsolete. (of a bone) dislocated.

Origin of shotten

1175–1225; Middle English, past participle of shoot1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples 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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