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Synonyms of rotten in English:


  • 1 the smell of rotten meat
    decaying, decayed, rotting, bad, off, decomposed, decomposing, putrid, putrescent, spoiled, spoilt, tainted, perished, mouldy, mouldering, mildewy, sour, rancid, rank, festering, fetid, stinking, smelly, unfit for human consumption;
    maggoty, worm-eaten, wormy, flyblown
    [Antonyms] fresh
  • 2 the wooden floor was rotten in places
    [Antonyms] sound
  • 3 he had the most disgusting rotten teeth
    decaying, decayed, crumbling, carious, black
    rare caried
  • 4 a New York detective who's rotten to the core
    corrupt, unprincipled, dishonest, dishonourable, unscrupulous, untrustworthy, immoral, villainous, bad, wicked, evil, sinful, iniquitous, vicious, base, amoral, debauched, degenerate, dissolute, dissipated, depraved, perverted, wanton;
    informal crooked, warped
    British informal bent
    [Antonyms] honourable, decent, incorruptible
  • 5 informal it was a rotten thing to do
    nasty, unkind, unpleasant, foul, bad, obnoxious, vile, contemptible, despicable, wretched, shabby;
    spiteful, mean, malicious, poisonous, mean-spirited, cruel, hateful, hurtful;
    unfair, uncharitable, uncalled for, below the belt, unacceptable, unwarranted
    informal dirty, filthy, dirty rotten, low-down, off
    British informal beastly, out of order
    vulgar slang shitty
    [Antonyms] nice, pleasant, kind
  • 6 informal he was a rotten journalist
    bad, poor, dreadful, awful, terrible, frightful, atrocious, hopeless, inadequate, inferior, unsatisfactory, laughable, substandard
    informal crummy, pathetic, useless, lousy, appalling, abysmal, dire
    British informal duff, chronic, poxy, rubbish, pants, a load of pants
    North American vulgar slang chickenshit
    [Antonyms] good, accomplished
  • 7 informal you can keep your rotten job for all I care!
    informal damn, damned, blasted, blessed, flaming, precious, confounded
    North American informal goddam
    Australian/New Zealand informal plurry
    British informal, dated bally, ruddy, deuced
    vulgar slang fucking, frigging
    British vulgar slang sodding
    Irish vulgar slang fecking
  • 8 informal she's had a pretty rotten time
    disappointing, regrettable, unfortunate, unlucky
    informal lousy, beastly, diabolical
    British informal shocking
    [Antonyms] delightful, good, nice
  • 9 informal I feel rotten about it—I've ruined his life
  • 10British informal I felt rotten and couldn't eat for two days
    ill, unwell, poorly, bad, out of sorts, indisposed, not oneself, sick, queasy, nauseous, nauseated, peaky, liverish, green about the gills, run down, washed out, faint, dizzy, giddy, light-headed;
    British  off, off colour
    informal under the weather, below par, not up to par, funny, peculiar, rough, lousy, awful, terrible, dreadful, crummy
    British informal grotty, ropy
    Scottish informal wabbit, peely-wally
    Australian/New Zealand informal crook
    vulgar slang crappy
    dated queer, seedy
    rare peaked, peakish
    [Antonyms] well, okay
  • adverb

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  • informal he fancies you something rotten
    very much, a lot, a great deal;
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