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ROTTEN

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does rotten mean? 

ROTTEN (adjective)
  The adjective ROTTEN has 3 senses:

1. very bad
2. having or disintegrated; usually implies foulness
3. damaged by decay; hence unsound and useless

  Familiarity information: ROTTEN used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


ROTTEN (adjective)


Sense 1rotten [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Very bad

Synonyms:

stinking; shitty; rotten; lousy; icky; crappy; stinky

Context examples:

a lousy play / it's a stinking world

Similar:

bad (having undesirable or negative qualities)

Domain usage:

colloquialism (a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech)


Sense 2rotten [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Having or disintegrated; usually implies foulness

Context example:

dead and rotten in his grave

Similar:

corrupt; tainted (touched by rot or decay)

putrid (in an advanced state of decomposition and having a foul odor)

putrescent (becoming putrid)

Antonym:

fresh (not rotten)


Sense 3rotten [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Damaged by decay; hence unsound and useless

Synonyms:

decayed; rotted; rotten

Context examples:

rotten floor boards / rotted beams / a decayed foundation

Similar:

unsound (not in good condition; damaged or decayed)


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