Definition of shotten herring in English:

shotten herring

Syllabification: shot·ten her·ring
Pronunciation: /ˈSHätn ˌheriNG
 
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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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