rotten rot-ten / rŏt-n adjective 1. decayed or decomposed One rotten apple spoils the whole barrel. English Proverb 2. foul smelling Pigs are dirty, but I will tell you something dirtier: Liars! Untruth always smells like rotten garbage! Mehmet Murat Ildan, 1965 – 3. damaged by rot or falling apart; disintegrating Rotten wood cannot be carved. Chinese Proverb 4. morally corrupt; vile Only the hypocrite is really rotten to the core. Hannah Arendt, 1906 – 1975 5. no good; very bad Without work all life goes rotten. Albert Camus, 1913 – 1960 adverb 1. extremely It always seemed like no matter how much money my parents had or didn’t have, we got completely spoiled rotten. Josie Bissett, 1970 – Etymology from the Old Norse rotinn Thank you to Allen Ward for providing this etymology.