rotten Definition

  • 1decayed and no longer able to be used or eaten
  • 2very bad or unpleasant

Using rotten: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "rotten" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The apple was rotten and had to be thrown away.

  • Example

    The smell of the rotten eggs made me feel sick.

  • Example

    The company's management was rotten to the core.

rotten Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for rotten

Phrases with rotten

  • extremely bad luck


    He missed the train by just a few seconds. What rotten luck!

  • a person who is bad and has a corrupting influence on others


    The manager fired the rotten apple from the team to improve morale.

  • a person who behaves badly or dishonestly


    The politician was accused of being a rotten egg by his opponents.


Summary: rotten in Brief

The adjective 'rotten' [ˈrɒt(ə)n] describes something that is decayed and no longer usable or edible, or something that is very bad or unpleasant. It can refer to physical objects like food or abstract concepts like management. 'Rotten' appears in phrases like 'rotten luck,' meaning extremely bad luck, and 'rotten apple,' referring to a person who is bad and has a corrupting influence on others.

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