adjective (rottener, rottenest)
- 1Suffering from decay: rotten eggs the supporting beams were rottenMore example sentences
- If that wasn't bad enough, it also smelled of putrid rotten eggs.
- I caught it too… a foul, noxious odor, the sulfur of rotten eggs, the reek of sewage and decay.
- Pools of boiling hot mud - filling the air with the smell of sulfur, similar to rotten eggs - are seen not far from the island's beautiful beaches.
- 1.1Morally, socially, or politically corrupt: he believed that the whole art business was rottenMore example sentences
corrupt, unprincipled, dishonest, dishonorable, unscrupulous, untrustworthy, immoral; villainous, bad, wicked, evil, iniquitous, venal• informal crookednasty, unkind, unpleasant, obnoxious, vile, contemptible, despicable, shabby, loathsome; spiteful, mean, low, malicious, hateful, hurtful; unfair, uncharitable, uncalled for
- For them, the West was crass, materialistic and, of course, morally rotten.
- His book was one of the first to lay down just how rotten and corrupt the Florida election was.
- Few raise their voices to remember the thousands who suffered at the hands of the morally rotten medics who worked for the Imperial Army war effort.
- 1.2 • informal Very bad: she was a rotten cookMore example sentences
- Americans may remember auto manufacturer, which vanished from the U.S. market in 1987, for poor quality and rotten reliability.
- If you only knew how many lousy meals and rotten movies he has dragged Diana to throughout the years.
- In general, funds with poor long-term past performance tend to have rotten future performance.
- 1.3 • informal Extremely unpleasant: it’s rotten for you having to cope on your ownMore example sentences
- I can't wait to get out of this dirty, rotten place.
- He reeked and tears filled her eyes from a mix of his rotten smell and the pain his dirty fingernails were causing as they dug into her cheek.
- That's one reason that I thought she'd had a rotten time at the social.
- 1.4 [predic.] • informal Unwell: she tried to tell me she felt rottenMore example sentences
- I feel ready, but I was pretty nervous yesterday after feeling so rotten.
- She's feeling rotten from the anaesthetic but otherwise she is fine.
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- To an extreme degree; very much: your mother said that I spoiled you rottenMore example sentences
- He is a decent, dull-faced fellow who appears completely normal, which is more than can be said for the local copper, who fancies Rachel rotten.
- You know that my mother spoils both my children rotten.
- Mothers were supposed to harass you until you had your own children, after which they spoiled your children rotten.
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- ‘The workers have done everything for the company but we've been treated rottenly,’ said the father of two.
- Regardless of good or bad actions, the males come out of the story rottenly, whereas the females end happily.
- Giving his description of the game, he said ‘Young Norman Brookes has a rottenly brilliant game’.
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- He has a long background of becoming persona non grata in places where he has struggled against what he considers to be endemic rottenness in society.
- But the actual reason Eastern spices were so much valued for so long was that their hot flavours concealed the taste of rottenness in the meat they were cooked with.
- It merely exposed the rottenness and the hypocrisy of the establishment he hated anyway.
Middle English: from Old Norse rotinn.