from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Being in a state of putrefaction or decay; decomposed.
- adj. Having a foul odor resulting from or suggestive of decay; putrid.
- adj. Made weak or unsound by rot: rotten floorboards.
- adj. Morally corrupt or despicable: She's rotten to the core.
- adj. Very bad; wretched: rotten weather.
- adv. To a very great degree: The child is spoiled rotten.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Of perishable items, overridden with bacteria and other infectious agents.
- adj. In a state of decay.
- adj. Cruel, mean or immoral.
- adj. Bad or terrible.
- adv. To an extreme degree.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Offensive to the smell; fetid; disgusting.
- adj. Not firm or trusty; unsound; defective; treacherous; unsafe.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Undergoing natural decomposition; affected by rot or organic dissolution; putrid (as animal and some vegetable matters), soft (as fruits, etc.), or weak (as vegetable fibers, fabrics, etc.) from elemental decay: as, a rotten carcass or egg; a rotten log or plank; rotten cloth.
- Putrid from organic decay, or from the presence of decomposing matter; hence, of a putrid quality; ill-smelling; fetid.
- Affected with the disease called rot, as sheep or other animals.
- Unsound as if from rotting; in a loose or disintegrated state; soft or friable; yielding: as, rotten iron or stone.
- Unsound in character or quality; in a corrupt or untrustworthy state; destitute of stability or integrity.
- In printing, said of bad prints from woodcuts, that show holes and broken lines.
- n. A dialectal variant of ratten.
- Good for nothing; trashy; mean; detestable.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. damaged by decay; hence unsound and useless
- adj. very bad
- adj. having decayed or disintegrated; usually implies foulness
Middle English roten, from Old Norse rotinn.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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. (Wiktionary)