Adjective "Rotten" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Suffering from decay.
  1. 'the supporting beams were rotten'
  2. 'Professor John Marangos hurls still another batch of rotten tomatoes at the neoclassical approach to political economy.'
  3. 'The fallen tree had been moldy and rotten, the smell strong and unpleasant enough to deter most burrowing animals that would normally have occupied the space.'
  4. 'People show up at your gigs armed with rotten fruit to throw at you.'
  5. 'I caught it too… a foul, noxious odor, the sulfur of rotten eggs, the reek of sewage and decay.'
  6. 'The forest floor often is covered with duff from rotten pine needles, logs, and leaves.'
  7. 'There was a peculiar smell in the air, one of rotten eggs or meat, the smell of sulfur.'
  8. 'The foul stench of blood, mingled with that of rotten flesh, permeated the air.'
  9. 'Pools of boiling hot mud - filling the air with the smell of sulfur, similar to rotten eggs - are seen not far from the island's beautiful beaches.'
  10. 'They were utterly appalling with their rotten or missing teeth, tangled, matted hair, and yellowing scurvy eyes.'
  11. 'A smell that resembled rotten eggs filled her nostrils.'
  12. 'Claudius, in a setting of mid-Victorian Gothic, was marked as the villain and focus of all that was rotten in Denmark.'
  13. 'Until we smash the whole rotten system, it will happen again and again.'
  14. 'For them, the West was crass, materialistic and, of course, morally rotten.'
  15. 'If political stability could be achieved by toppling a rotten dictator or if nations could be built at gunpoint, this problem would not be so pressing.'
  16. 'She insists that the whole corporate system is rotten and even murkier crimes are committed in the financial world every day.'
  17. 'Dirty rotten unionists will be revealed as the faceless powerbrokers of Labor.'
  18. 'The question may be asked whether there was something rotten in the state of France.'
  19. 'I felt trapped within a stupid, rotten, dishonest system which brutalised people too naive to know any better, consumed our idealism.'
  20. 'Few raise their voices to remember the thousands who suffered at the hands of the morally rotten medics who worked for the Imperial Army war effort.'
  21. 'He hardly had the outer appearance of a man who was rotten with evil on the inside.'
Very bad.
  1. 'There was the curious fact that whereas Hitler began as a competent strategist and ended as a rotten one, with Stalin it was the other way round.'
  2. 'If I harp on how rotten the production is, it's because I have few qualms with the music, outside of the first track, which is just aimless.'
  3. 'When you become pregnant, hopefully many years from now, you'll see just how rotten your mood can get.'
  4. '‘No chance - it's just really rotten luck,’ he said.'
  5. 'Frankly, the worst thing about choruses is that they have absolutely rotten senses of humour.'
  6. 'There are plenty of rotten American films that had a great political impact.'
  7. 'What begins with hope and freshness in each case quickly degenerates into something twisted and rotten.'
  8. 'it's rotten for you having to cope on your own'
  9. 'I can't wait to get out of this dirty, rotten place.'
  10. 'Taking away days and weeks worth of effort in a single stroke is a lousy rotten thing to do to your patrons.'
  11. 'We're told that the folks from here are evil, but we never see them do anything very rotten.'
  12. 'Toward the end of the film, one of our villains does something very rotten, and Green takes action that indirectly leads to this person's demise.'
  13. 'What a fine mess that rotten cousin of yours has gotten her poor sister into!'
  14. 'I feel ready, but I was pretty nervous yesterday after feeling so rotten.'


To an extreme degree; very much.
  1. 'we used to send him up something rotten'
  2. 'The rich children were spoiled rotten, and lived in sharp contrast to the rich teenagers, who were all very good and very dull.'
  3. 'The last child is an eight-year-old girl and spoiled rotten.'
  4. 'Mothers were supposed to harass you until you had your own children, after which they spoiled your children rotten.'
  5. 'But Dash was the true love of her life and she spoilt him rotten.'
  6. 'Easter was great and I spoiled Riley rotten by buying her lots of stuff.'
  7. 'At school, people practically fell over each other to date him, and where his parents were concerned, well, they just spoiled him rotten.'
  8. 'She's also spoiled rotten because she's Mother's favorite, even though she's a year younger than I am.'
  9. 'Henriette grew to rival her mother's beauty, but was eventually spoiled quite rotten by the fact that she was the only girl in the family.'
  10. 'He adored Rebecca more than anything else on the planet, and proved that continuously by spoiling her rotten and buying her whatever her heart desired.'
  11. 'His daughter starts off trying to kill Blade and ends up fancying him rotten.'


1. decomposing or decaying; putrid; tainted, foul, or bad-smelling.

2. corrupt or morally offensive.

3. wretchedly bad, unpleasant, or unsatisfactory; miserable: a rotten piece of work; a rotten day at the office.

4. contemptible; despicable: a rotten little liar; a rotten trick.

5. (of soil, rocks, etc.) soft, yielding, or friable as the result of decomposition.

6. Australian Slang. drunk.

More examples(as adjective)

"times can be rotten at jobs."

"stitching can be rotten in spaces."

"souls can be rotten in people."

"sills can be rotten on floors."

"people can be rotten with smells."

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Middle English: from Old Norse rotinn.