Definition of shotten herring in English:

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shotten herring

Pronunciation: /ˈSHätn ˌheriNG/

noun

1A herring that has spawned.
1.1 archaic A weakened or dispirited person.

Origin

Middle English: shotten, archaic past participle of shoot, in the specialized sense 'discharge (spawn)'.

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Syllabification: shot·ten her·ring

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