rotten (comparative rottener, superlative rottenest)
- 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.
- 1596-99?, William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice, Act I, scene iii:
- Antonio: Mark you this, Bassanio, / The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose. / An evil soul producing holy witness / Is like a villain with a smiling cheek, / A goodly apple rotten at the heart. / O, what a goodly outside falsehood hath!
- In a state of decay.
- The floors were damaged and the walls were rotten.
- His mouth stank and his teeth were rotten.
- Cruel, mean or immoral.
- That man is a rotten father.
- This rotten policy will create more injustice in this country.
- 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.
- French: mauvais
- German: scheußlich
- Italian: malvagio
- Portuguese: cruel, malvado
- Russian: га́дкий
- Spanish: malo, putrefacto
- To an extreme degree.
- That kid is spoilt rotten.
- The girls fancy him something rotten.