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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]


Very bad


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

Context examples:

a lousy play / it's a stinking world


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]


Having or disintegrated; usually implies foulness

Context example:

dead and rotten in his grave


corrupt; tainted (touched by rot or decay)

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

putrescent (becoming putrid)


fresh (not rotten)

Sense 3rotten [BACK TO TOP]


Damaged by decay; hence unsound and useless


decayed; rotted; rotten

Context examples:

rotten floor boards / rotted beams / a decayed foundation


unsound (not in good condition; damaged or decayed)

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