rotten is expected to win Performer of the Year, the most coveted prize at the show.
"The ratings will be rotten / For the full five-year term," they intoned.
Though he did not succeed, at least he moved the rotten lake.
No one who has seen this dramatic documentary is likely to buy into the “rotten apples” narrative any longer.
But they have to be aggressive enough about it for their efforts to bear some actual (rotten) fruit.
The pole was rotten and George's weight at the top caused it to break.
There ain't a rotten knot in it from butt to finish, and mighty few of any other kind.
Props are rotten and cowardly, whether they are props of love or not.
Why, they even made me, Miro, Inspector of your rotten Service.
The market-day is, in fact, the event of the week, and the streets of the market-town are the rotten Row of the neighbourhood.
c.1300, from a Scandinavian source akin to Old Norse rotinn "decayed," past participle of verb related to rotna "to decay," from Proto-Germanic stem *rut- (see rot (v.)). Sense of "corrupt" is from late 14c.; weakened sense of "bad" first recorded 1881. Rotten apple is from a saying traced back to at least 1528: "For one rotten apple lytell and lytell putrifieth an whole heape." The Rotten Row in London and elsewhere probably is from a different word, but of uncertain origin.
Deplorable; nasty; inept and bungled: This is a rotten situation altogether (1880+)