Definition of


  1. (adj, all) having decayed or disintegrated; usually implies foulness
  2. (adj, all) very bad
    it's a stinking world
  3. (adj, all) damaged by decay; hence unsound and useless
    rotted beams
    a decayed foundation

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Synonyms of Rotten

crappy, decayed, icky, lousy, rotted, shitty, stinking, stinky

Alternate forms of Rotten

Derivations: rottenness

Origin of the word Rotten

  1. early 13c., from O.N. rotinn "decayed," pp. of verb related to rotna "to decay," from P.Gmc. stem *rut- (see rot). Sense of "corrupt" is from late 14c.; weakened sense of "bad" first recorded 1881. Rotter "objectionable person" is recorded from 1894. Rotten apple is from a saying traced back to at least 1528: "For one rotten apple lytell and l… more

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