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rotten

EnglishEdit

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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English roten, from Old Norse rotinn (decayed, rotten), past participle of an unrecorded verb related to Old Norse rotna (to rot) and Old English rotian (to rot). More at rot.

PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

rotten (comparative rottener or more rotten, superlative rottenest or most rotten)

  1. Of perishable items, overridden with bacteria and other infectious agents.
    If you leave a bin unattended for a few weeks, the rubbish inside will turn rotten.
  2. In a state of decay.
    The floors were damaged and the walls were rotten.
    His mouth stank and his teeth were rotten.
  3. Cruel, mean or immoral.
    That man is a rotten father.
    This rotten policy will create more injustice in this country.
  4. Bad or terrible.
    Why is the weather always rotten in this city?
    It was a rotten idea to take the boat out today.
    She has the flu and feels rotten.

Usage notesEdit

  • Nouns to which "rotten" is often applied: wood, food, egg, meat, fruit, tomato, apple, banana, milk, vegetable, stuff, tooth, smell, person, kid, bastard, scoundrel, weather.

TranslationsEdit

AdverbEdit

rotten (comparative more rotten, superlative most rotten)

  1. To an extreme degree.
    That kid is spoilt rotten.
    The girls fancy him something rotten.

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DutchEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Middle Dutch rotten, reformed from earlier roten, from Old Dutch *roton, from Proto-Germanic *rutāną.

VerbEdit

rotten (past singular rotte, past participle gerot)

  1. to rot, to go bad, to decay
ConjugationEdit
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Etymology 2Edit

NounEdit

rotten

  1. Plural form of rot

Norwegian BokmålEdit

Alternative formsEdit

NounEdit

rotten m, f

  1. definite masculine singular of rotte