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adjective rotten pronunciation in British English /ˈrɒt(ə)n/
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  1. 1
    something that is rotten has decayed
  2. 2
    informal unpleasant

    I wish I could get rid of this rotten cough.

    Poor thing, she must be having a rotten time just now.

    be rotten to someone:

    They were really rotten to him!

    1. a.
      often humorous used about someone who has behaved in an unpleasant way

      You rotten sod!

  3. 3
    informal of a low quality, standard, or ability

    She’s a rotten singer.

    be rotten at (doing) something:

    I’m rotten at drawing.

  4. 4
    informal used for emphasizing what you are saying, especially when you are angry or annoyed

    I didn’t want the rotten job anyway!

    I wouldn’t take a penny of your rotten money!


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