1. in a very poor state, of a very bad quality, quite worthless; by ext. venereally diseased; dead.
|New Custom I ii: No, God’s soul, I warrant him, I will see him rotten, / Before that my doctrine I shall have forgotten.|
|Groundworke of Conny-catching Ch. 22: A kinching Mort is a little Girle, the Morts their Mothers [...] brings them up sauagely till they growe to be ripe, and soone ripe, soone rotten.|
|Dutch Curtezan II i: Is thy Maister rotten?|
|New and Choise Characters n.p.: [A Chamber-Mayde] She accounts her best time of trading; for a Bawde is like a Medlar, shee’s not ripe, till she be rotten.|
|City Wit V i: cra.: A wench as tender as a City Pullet. ruf.: But not so rotten.|
|Fancies I ii: An old rotten Codled mungrell, parcell Bawde, parcell midwife, all the markes are quite out of her mouth, not a stumpe of a tooth left in her head.|
|Nights Search letter by Champernowne n.p.: Those that are rotten-ripe, Drop down before thee.|
|Proverbs 207: As rotten as a t---.|
|Man of Mode II i: An idle town flirt with a painted face, a rotten reputation, and a crazy fortune.|
|Authentick Memoirs of Sally Salisbury 35: He is too enterprizing a Warrior that way, and happening not long since to Storm a Rotten Fort.|
|Burlesque Homer (3rd edn) 493: You had been rotten long ago; / More times than thrice had he not prop’d / Your pumpl’d nose, it must have drop’d.|
|Hibernian Jrnl 9 May 1/1: The Rump, the Tail, the refuse, the rotten End of a despicable Party.|
|Clockmaker II 33: I had no notion afore our government was so rotten.|
|World (N.Y.) 12 May 6/5: In the two games previously played with Washington he was, in the vernacular, ‘rotten.’.|
|Princeton Stories 175: Aw, let’s get out of here, this beer is rotten.|
|Civil & Milit. Gaz. (Lahore) 13 Mar. 8/3: His examination of the lance with the ‘bally rag’ and his decision not to ‘chuck a dinner for a rotten battle’ evoked the heartiest merriment.|
|Gem 17 Oct. 5: Well, you rotten pig!|
|Rising Sun 25 Dec. 3/2: Yer fought us square with baynit, and with rifle bomb and gun, / And didnt use no gasses, like your rotten pal, the Hun.|
|Carry on, Jeeves 202: ‘My gosh, I’ll bet it’s rotten.’ ‘On the contrary, it is extremely hot stuff.’.|
|Awake and Sing! I i: Who gave you such a rotten haircut?|
|in Mass-Observation War Factory: Report 12: The rotten meals she gives us, it ought to be reported to somewhere high up, the way we’re treated here.|
|Sat. Night and Sun. Morning 130: Doreen. A rotten name, ain’t it?|
|Poor Cow 76: Oh this bleeding rotten poxy car.|
|You Flash Bastard 173: You seem to think more of your rotten friend than you do of your family at times !|
|The Same Old Grind 115: ‘You rotten-crotch hooker! [...] Tramps Pigs!|
|Beano 26 June 6: Aunt Mat is such a rotten shot.|
|Guardian Weekend 14 Aug. 51: Rotten little shit!|
2. a general intensifier, e.g. rotten luck, rotten bastard etc.
|Devil’s Law-Case IV ii: For I dare sweare that you will sweare a lye, A very filthy, stinking, rotten lye.|
|‘Bainbridge’s Tid-Re I’ in Jack Tar’s Songster 16: We could hardly hear anything for the rotten noise.|
|Deacon Brodie II tab.IV viii: No rotten shirking, mind.|
|Society Snapshots 178: Lady Hauterive (shuddering) ‘Beastly ’ is not a word for any lady to make use of. Mrs Bobbie Bobtail. Well, ‘rotten’ then, if you think it sounds better.|
|Three Elephant Power 115: He expressed a (garnished) opinion that the publican’s mare was no rotten good.‘Victor Second’|
|Boys’ Realm 16 Jan. 264: ‘Just my rotten luck!’ he growled.|
|Tramp-Royal on the Toby 236: Tak’ your rotten sel’ aff or I’ll stop hurling this rotten thing and gi’e ye a bit o’ my rotten tongue!|
|Iceman Cometh Act IV: I was a raving rotten lunatic.|
|Billy Liar (1962) 181: You rotten get! You rotten, lying get!|
|(con. WWII) And Then We Heard The Thunder (1964) 36: Well, kiss my ass in Macey’s window – I’ll be a rotten mama-jabber!|
|Burn 32: You’ll get off when your rotten bloody names are called out and not before!|
|Minder [TV script] 27: Refused credit on a few rotten gaskets!‘You Need Hands’|
|Guardian Guide 29 May–4 June 54: What a dirty rotten scoundrel he is.|
3. as infix.
|(con. 1954) Events While Guarding the Bofors Gun II ii: You’ll have to stay out here, like all us poor bastards, until January nineteen fifty rotten six.|
4. (Aus.) very drunk; thus get rotten, to become very drunk.
|Best of Myles (1968) 338: Drunk; jarred [...] canned; rotten; plasthered.|
|Popular Dict. Aus. Sl. 61: Rotten, to get, to become exceedingly drunk.|
|Riverslake 135: God, could I get rotten!|
|One Day of the Year II iii: We poured bloody beer into the poor old cows till they couldn’t stand up, they was rotten.|
|Aussie Swearers Guide 52: Non-Aussies are sometimes surprised to hear that rotten is basic Australian for ‘drunk’.|
|Spike Island (1981) 363: You see someone staggerin’ and you think they’re rotten.|
|G’DAY 92: [They] spend most of what little they have on the terps getting rotten.|
|Amaze Your Friends (2019) 151: The overseer tapped a keg at nine o’clock, by lunchtime we were rotten.(con. late 1950s)|
SE in slang uses
(US) of an audience, to boo, hiss and generally give the actors a hard time.
|Alexandria Gaz. (DC) 14 Nov. 2/3: Gen. Butler is hissed and ‘rotten-appled’.|
|London Figaro Mar. in(1909) 211/1: The last new American verb is ‘To rotten-apple’. Actors, it seems, in some of the minor New York theatres, are not infrequently rotten-appled, much in the same way as our legislative candidates in the old hustings days used to be ‘rotten-egged.’.|
a general insult, the implication is of venereal disease, often personnifed (in the US military) with a proper female name to typify an unfaithful or hyper-sexy ‘girl you’ve left behind you’; also attrib .
|Sensuous Christian 16: I knew a girl once in grade school who was called Prunella Rottencrotch.|
|The Same Old Grind 115: You rotten-crotch hooker [...] All of you! Tramps! Pigs!’.|
|Women of Viet Nam 64: he same Marine who ‘salutes a lady’ may refer to a common woman as ‘"Susie Rottencrotch’.|
|(con. c.1970) Short Timers (1985) 13: You days of finger-banging ol’ Mary Jane Rottencrotch through her pretty pink panties are over.|
|Peacekeepers 89: Your gal Suzy Rottencrotch is probably back home screwing your best friend.|
|Best Amer. Short Stories 121: It was a letter to Rosie Rottencrotch [...] and what was of utter importance was not Rosie Rottencrotch and her steaming-hot panties but rather the muzzle velocity of the M-14.|
|Man’s Ruin 34: [pic. caption] Mary jane Rottencrotch and Her pearly Pink Panties.|
|Generation Kill ep. 1 [TV script] A dirty-ass jerk-off letter from Suzy Rottencrotch.‘Get Some’|
(N.Z. prison) a prisoner who has spent too many years in prison.
|Boobslang [U. Canterbury D.Phil. thesis] 156/1: rotten egg n. an inmate who has stayed too long in prison.|
a person who has bad breath.
a pejorative term for a follower of King William III (r.1688–1702).
|Passing Eng. of the Victorian Era 211/1: Rotten orange (Lower Peoples’, 1686). Term of contempt. Historical – from the name given by the Jacobites to William III. – Prince of Orange.|
(US) hugging and kissing.
|‘camping with the y.p.c.’ in Songs of the Yellowstone Park Camps n.p.: You'll hear the native slang, / A ‘Savage’ serves you food. / You'll find what ‘rotten-logging’ means / And learn that you're a dude [ibid.] ‘song to the dudes’ Here’s to the girl who goes out nights / Who goes out rotten-logging.|
|‘Yellowstone Lingo’ in Songs of the Yellowstone Park Camps n.p.: rotten-logging — Dating.|
|Dly Atheneum in McGill Dly 19 Dec. 4: Hugging and kissing [...] Lollygagging, necking, pitching honey, smooching, tonsil swabbing, pawing, muzzling, flinging woo and rotten logging are other names applied to the same activity.|
usu, of money, well-supplied with; for cit. 1922, the orig. Shakespeare & Co. (Paris) edition has ‘rotten’; the Bodley Head UK edns. of 1937 ff. have rotto and are cited as such by OED and Partridge.
|Some Irish Yesterdays 173: That’s one of the Heth family! The hills is rotten with it.|
|Ulysses 22: You know that red Carlisle girl, Lily? / — Yes. / — Spooning with him last night on the pier. The father is rotten with money.|
|This Gutter Life 160: Pay? – Tommy pay? – he’s rotten with money!|
|Eve. Post (N.Z.) 14 June 6/8: Rome was simply rotten with Fritzes.|
|Gun in My Hand 45: Rotten with booze I spose.|
|Storms of Summer 297: Some rotten poxy bitch of a chromo [...] they reckon she was rotten with the jack.|
|Down Among the Meths Men 79: You’re rotten with meths, you boozy bastard.|
|He Died with His Eyes Open 61: The place was rotten with fuzz only day before yesterday.|