Definition of rotten in English:


Syllabification: rot·ten
Pronunciation: /ˈrätn

adjective (rottener, rottenest)


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  • To an extreme degree; very much: your mother said that I spoiled you rotten
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    • 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.

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