Rot·ten a. Having rotted; putrid; decayed; as, a rotten apple; rotten meat. Hence: (a) Offensive to the smell; fetid; disgusting.
You common cry of curs! whose breath I hate
As reek of the rotten fens. --Shak.
(b) Not firm or trusty; unsound; defective; treacherous; unsafe; as, a rotten plank, bone, stone. “The deepness of the rotten way.”
Rotten borough. See under Borough.
Rotten stone Min., a soft stone, called also Tripoli (from the country from which it was formerly brought), used in all sorts of finer grinding and polishing in the arts, and for cleaning metallic substances. The name is also given to other friable siliceous stones applied to like uses.
Syn: -- Putrefied; decayed; carious; defective; unsound; corrupt; deceitful; treacherous.
-- Rot*ten*ly, adv. -- Rot*ten*ness, n.
adj 1: very bad; "a lousy play"; "it's a stinking world" [syn: icky,
crappy, lousy, shitty, stinking, stinky]
2: having rotted or disintegrated; usually implies foulness;
"dead and rotten in his grave" [ant: unrotten]
3: damaged by decay; hence unsound and useless; "rotten floor
boards"; "rotted beams"; "a decayed foundation" [syn: decayed,