from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Having recently spawned and thus being less desirable as food. Used of fish, especially herring.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Past participle of shoot
  • adj. Having ejected the spawn.
  • adj. Shot out of its socket; dislocated, as a bone.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Having ejected the spawn.
  • n. Shot out of its socket; dislocated, as a bone.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Shot out of its socket; dislocated, as a bone. See the quotation under shoulder-shotten.
  • Having spawned; spent, as a fish.
  • Sour; curdled, as milk.
  • See herring.


Middle English shoten, past participle of shoten, to shoot; see shoot.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


  • Im not quite sure of the M2 but i have a SBEII and it is the best gun ive ever shotten.


  • Thou wottest well that I am a man now shotten in years, who hath never been blessed with a son, a sight to cool his eyes; so I know that my kingdom shall pass away to the stranger in blood and my name and memory will be blotted out amongst men.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • She said, It hath reached me, O auspicious King, that the son of the Persian King, after disguising himself as an old man shotten in years and taking a seat in the garden, spread out somewhat of the jewels and ornaments before him and made a show of shaking and trembling as if for decrepitude and the weakness of extreme senility.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Now when their father, who was a man shotten in years, saw that his two eldest sons hated their brother, he feared lest after his death trouble should befall him from them.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • I vant voto-grafs of hiss shotten-up body on zis desk by noon tomorrow!

    Daimnation!: Bush v. Hitler, continued

  • Go thy ways, old Jack; die when thou wilt, if manhood, good manhood, be not forgot upon the face of the earth, then am I a shotten herring.

    The first part of King Henry the Fourth

  • Early on the second day Morgiana went with veiled face to one Baba Mustafa, a tailor well shotten in years whose craft was to make shrouds and cerecloths, and as soon as she saw him open his shop she gave him a gold piece and said, "Do thou bind a bandage over thine eyes and come along with me."

    Tehran Winter

  • Archers uttered out their arrows and eagerly they shotten;

    Epic and Romance Essays on Medieval Literature

  • The southeastern portion of the island of Newfoundland, as may be seen by a glance at the map, may be well described by that expressive epithet of "nook-shotten," which in Shakspeare is applied to the mother-island of which it is a dependent.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 2, No. 14, December 1858

  • Her ears were almost as thick as my hand, her eyes awfully blood-shotten, her lips, nose, cheeks, chin, and whole head swollen so that no one would have known it was Etta -- and for all this, she had to turn round as she was going out and _thank her master!

    The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Part 3 of 4


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