Definition of rotten adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈrɒtn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈrɑːtn//
    Being ill
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  1. 1(of food, wood, etc.) that has decayed and cannot be eaten or used the smell of rotten vegetables The fruit is starting to go rotten. rotten floorboards
  2. 2[usually before noun] (informal) very bad synonym terrible I've had a rotten day! What rotten luck! She's a rotten singer.
  3. 3[usually before noun] (informal) dishonest The organization is rotten to the core.
  4. 4[not before noun] (informal) looking or feeling ill/sick She felt rotten. See related entries: Being ill
  5. 5[not before noun] (informal) feeling guilty about something you have done I feel rotten about leaving them behind.
  6. 6[only before noun] (informal) used to emphasize that you are angry or upset about something You can keep your rotten money!
  7. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old Norse rotinn.Extra examples I’m rotten at remembering names. That meat’s going to go rotten if you don’t use it soon. That was a rather rotten trick! The wood was quite rotten by this time. This flu makes you feel rotten. You rotten little swine! He stepped on a rotten floorboard and felt it give way. I’ve always been rotten at maths. She’s a rotten singer. The fruit is starting to go rotten. The metal was corroded and the wood was rotten. They pelted him with rotten eggs.Idioms one bad person who has a bad effect on others in a group
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