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rot·ten

 (rŏt′n)
adj. rot·ten·er, rot·ten·est
1. Being in a state of putrefaction or decay; decomposed.
2. Having a foul odor resulting from or suggestive of decay; putrid.
3. Made weak or unsound by rot: rotten floorboards.
4. Morally corrupt or despicable: She's rotten to the core.
5. Very bad; wretched: rotten weather.
adv.
To a very great degree: The child is spoiled rotten.

[Middle English roten, from Old Norse rotinn.]

rot′ten·ly adv.
rot′ten·ness n.
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rotten

(ˈrɒtən)
adj
1. (Biochemistry) affected with rot; decomposing, decaying, or putrid
2. breaking up, esp through age or hard use; disintegrating: rotten ironwork.
3. morally despicable or corrupt
4. untrustworthy, disloyal, or treacherous
5. informal unpleasant, unfortunate, or nasty: rotten luck; rotten weather.
6. informal unsatisfactory or poor: rotten workmanship.
7. informal miserably unwell
8. informal distressed, uncomfortable, and embarrassed: I felt rotten when I told him to go.
9. (Geological Science) (of rocks, soils, etc) soft and crumbling, esp as a result of weathering
10. slang chiefly Austral and NZ intoxicated; drunk
adv
extremely; very much: men fancy her rotten.
[C13: from Old Norse rottin; related to Old English rotian to rot1]
ˈrottenly adv
ˈrottenness n
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rot•ten

(ˈrɒt n)

adj. -er, -est.
1. having rotted; decomposing or decaying.
2. tainted or foul-smelling; putrid.
3. corrupt or morally offensive.
4. wretchedly bad or unsatisfactory; miserable: a rotten day.
5. contemptible; despicable: a rotten trick.
[1175–1225; Middle English roten < Old Norse rotinn, akin to rot]
rot′ten•ly, adv.
rot′ten•ness, n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.rotten - very bad; "a lousy play"; "it's a stinking world"
colloquialism - a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech
bad - having undesirable or negative qualities; "a bad report card"; "his sloppy appearance made a bad impression"; "a bad little boy"; "clothes in bad shape"; "a bad cut"; "bad luck"; "the news was very bad"; "the reviews were bad"; "the pay is bad"; "it was a bad light for reading"; "the movie was a bad choice"
2.rotten - damaged by decay; hence unsound and useless; "rotten floor boards"; "rotted beams"; "a decayed foundation"
unsound - not in good condition; damaged or decayed; "an unsound foundation"
3.rotten - having decayed or disintegrated; usually implies foulness; "dead and rotten in his grave"
stale - lacking freshness, palatability, or showing deterioration from age; "stale bread"; "the beer was stale"
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rotten

adjective
2. crumbling, decayed, disintegrating, perished, corroded, unsound The bay window is rotten.
3. (Informal) bad, disappointing, unfortunate, unlucky, regrettable, deplorable What rotten luck!
4. (Informal) despicable, mean, base, dirty, nasty, unpleasant, filthy, vile, wicked, disagreeable, contemptible, scurrilous, shitty (taboo slang) You rotten swine!
5. (Informal) unwell, poorly (informal), ill, sick, rough (informal), bad, crook (Austral. & N.Z. informal), below par, off colour, under the weather (informal), ropey or ropy (Brit. informal) I felt rotten with the flu.
6. (Informal) inferior, poor, sorry, inadequate, unacceptable, punk, duff (Brit. informal), unsatisfactory, lousy (slang), low-grade, substandard, ill-considered, crummy (slang), ill-thought-out, poxy (slang), chickenshit (U.S. slang), of a sort or of sorts, ropey or ropy (Brit. informal) I thought it was a rotten idea.
8. guilty, sorry, ashamed, chastened, contrite, guilt-ridden, remorseful, regretful, conscience-stricken I feel rotten for having spilt the beans like that.
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rotten

adjective
1. Smelling of mildew or decay:
2. Impaired because of decay:
3. Utterly reprehensible in nature or behavior:
5. Of decidedly inferior quality:
Informal: cheesy.
Slang: crummy, schlocky.
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Translations
رَديءعَفِنمُتَعَفِّن
shnilýzkaženýmizerný
råddenled
putra
mätämädännäinenmädäntynyt
truognjio
rohadt
busuk
andstyggilegur; fjandansrotinn, úldinn
腐った
썩은
gnilhudobenslab
rutten
เน่าเปื่อย
bị thối rữa

rotten

[ˈrɒtn]
A. ADJ
1. (gen) → podrido; [food] → pasado; [tooth] → cariado, podrido; [wood] → carcomido, podrido
to smell rottenoler a podrido
see also apple
2. (fig) [system, government] → corrompido (= of bad quality) → pésimo, fatal
it's a rotten noveles una novela pésima or malísima
his English is rottentiene un inglés fatal
how rotten for you!¡cuánto te compadezco!, ¡lo que habrás sufrido!
he's rotten at chesspara el ajedrez es un desastre
I feel rotten (= ill) → me encuentro fatal; (= mean) → me siento culpable
they made me suffer something rottenme hicieron pasarlas negras
what a rotten thing to do!¡qué maldad!
what a rotten thing to happen!¡qué mala suerte!
to be rotten to sbportarse como un canalla con algn
what rotten weather!¡qué tiempo de perros!
he's rotten with moneyestá podrido de dinero
B. ADVmalísimamente, fatal
they played real rottenjugaron fatal
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

rotten

[ˈrɒtən] adj
(= decayed) [fruit, vegetable, wood, floorboards] → pourri(e)
a rotten apple (lit)une pomme pourrie
(= dishonest) → pourri(e)
a rotten apple (fig)une brebis galeuse
(= bad) [idea, plan, day] → merdique ; [film, singer] → nul(le)
what rotten luck! → quelle déveine!, quelle guigne!
what rotten weather! → quel temps pourri!
[cold, headache] → carabiné(e)
to feel rotten (= ill) → être mal fichu(e)
(= unkind) → dégueulasse
That's a rotten thing to do → C'est dégueulasse de faire une chose pareille.
to feel rotten (= guilty) → se sentir honteux/euse
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

rotten

adj
vegetation, egg, toothfaul; woodmorsch, faul; fruitfaul, verdorben; (fig: = corrupt) → korrupt, verdorben; rotten to the core (fig)durch und durch verdorben; rotten apple (fig)schwarzes Schaf; there’s always one rotten egg (in the basket) (fig)es gibt immer ein schwarzes Schaf
(inf: = poor, incompetent) → mies (inf); she was a rotten driversie war eine miserable Fahrerin; to be rotten at somethingin etw (dat)schlecht sein; I was always rotten at drawingich konnte noch nie gut zeichnen
(inf: = dreadful, unpleasant) → scheußlich (inf); weathermies (inf), → scheußlich (inf); what rotten luck!so ein Pech!; it’s a rotten businessdas ist eine üble Sache; to have a rotten timeeine schlimme Zeit durchmachen; what a rotten time you’re havingwas du zurzeit aber auch alles durchmachen musst! (inf); isn’t it rotten about poor David?ist das nicht furchtbar mit dem armen David?
(inf: = mean) → gemein, eklig; that was a rotten trick/a rotten thing to dodas war ein übler Trick/eine Gemeinheit; that’s a rotten thing to sayes ist gemein, so etwas zu sagen
(inf: = unwell) → elend, mies (inf); to feel rottensich elend fühlen; to look rottenschlecht aussehen
(inf: = guilty) to feel rotten about doing somethingsich (dat)mies vorkommen, etw zu tun (inf)
(inf: = damned) → verdammt (inf); you can keep your rotten bike!du kannst dein verdammtes or blödes Fahrrad behalten! (inf)
(inf) to spoil somebody (something) rottenjdn nach Strich und Faden verwöhnen (inf); to fancy somebody (something) rottenjdn wahnsinnig gernhaben (inf)
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rotten

[ˈrɒtn] adj
a. (fruit, eggs) → marcio/a; (meat) → andato/a a male; (tooth) → cariato/a; (wood) → marcio/a, marcito/a (fig) (morally) → corrotto/a, marcio/a
rotten to the core → completamente marcio/a
b. (fam, YYY) (bad) → schifoso/a, brutto/a; (action) → vigliacco/a
what rotten luck! → che scalogna!
what a rotten thing to do! → che vigliaccata!, che carognata!
I feel rotten (ill) → mi sento da cani (mean) → mi sento un verme
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rot

(rot) past tense, past participle ˈrotted verb
to make or become bad or decayed. The fruit is rotting on the ground; Water rots wood.
noun
1. decay. The floorboards are affected by rot.
2. nonsense. Don't talk rot!
ˈrotten adjective
1. (of meat, fruit etc) having gone bad; decayed. rotten vegetables.
2. bad; mean. What rotten luck!; It was a rotten thing to do.
ˈrottenness noun
ˈrotter noun
a mean, bad person. an absolute rotter.
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rotten

عَفِن shnilý rådden verfault σάπιος podrido mätä pourri truo marcio 腐った 썩은 rot råtten zgniły podre гнилой rutten เน่าเปื่อย çürümüş bị thối rữa 腐烂的
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rotten

a. podrido-a, putrefacto-a, corrompido-a; [tooth] cariado-a.
English-Spanish Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

rotten

adj podrido
English-Spanish/Spanish-English Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
References in classic literature ?
What the head-carver had best do is to serve me with what they call ollas podridas (and the rottener they are the better they smell); and he can put whatever he likes into them, so long as it is good to eat, and I'll be obliged to him, and will requite him some day.
Something tells me Elaine's "rotten life" is going to get a lot rottener.
Unlike those ending in syllabic /1/, most of these are pretty well confined to more; rottener is rather marginal and *suddener quite unacceptable.