Word of the Day: Rotten

rot-ten / rŏt-n

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

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 –

from the Old Norse rotinn
Thank you to Allen Ward for providing this etymology.