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EtymologyEdit

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), ultimately from Proto-Germanic *rutōną (to rot). More at rot.

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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.

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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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GermanEdit

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈrɔtən/, [ˈʁɔtən], [ˈʁɔtn̩]

Etymology 1Edit

From Middle High German roten, derived from rote (whence modern Rotte), from Old French rote, from Latin rupta.

VerbEdit

rotten (third-person singular simple present rottet, past tense rottete, past participle gerottet, auxiliary haben)

  1. (obsolete) to form into a gang, rout, squad
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Etymology 2Edit

From Middle High German roten, roden, from Proto-Germanic *rudōną.

VerbEdit

rotten (third-person singular simple present rottet, past tense rottete, past participle gerottet, auxiliary haben)

  1. (obsolete) Alternative form of roden (to clear woods, to make arable)
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Etymology 3Edit

From Middle Low German rotten, alteration (perhaps intensivation) of older rōten, from Old Saxon rotōn, from Proto-Germanic *rutōną. Cognate with Dutch rotten, English rot.

VerbEdit

rotten (third-person singular simple present rottet, past tense rottete, past participle gerottet, auxiliary haben)

  1. to rot, to decay
Usage notesEdit
  • As a simplex chiefly with certain adverbs, like vor sich hin. More common in compounds.
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Norwegian BokmålEdit

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NounEdit

rotten m, f

  1. definite masculine singular of rotte