foul

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1foul

adjective \ˈfa(-ə)l\

: very unpleasant to taste or smell

: morally bad : very evil

: very bad or unpleasant

Full Definition of FOUL

1
a :  offensive to the senses :  loathsome
b :  filled or covered with offensive matter
2
:  full of dirt or mud
3
a :  morally or spiritually odious :  detestable <a foul crime>
b :  notably unpleasant or distressing :  wretched, horrid <in a foul mood>
4
:  obscene, abusive <foul language>
5
a :  being wet and stormy
b :  obstructive to navigation <a foul tide>
6
dial British :  homely, ugly
7
a :  treacherous, dishonorable <fair means or foul>
b :  constituting an infringement of rules in a game or sport <a foul blow in boxing>
8
:  containing marked-up corrections <a foul manuscript> <foul proofs>
9
:  encrusted, clogged, or choked with a foreign substance <the chimney was foul and smoked badly>
10
:  being odorous and impure :  polluted <foul air>
11
:  placed in a situation that impedes physical movement :  entangled
12
:  being outside the foul lines in baseball
foul·ly \ˈfa(l)-lē\ adverb
foul·ness noun

Examples of FOUL

  1. the foul odor of rotten eggs
  2. The medicine left a foul taste in my mouth.
  3. The weather has been foul all week.

Origin of FOUL

Middle English, from Old English fūl; akin to Old High German fūl rotten, Latin pus pus, putēre to stink, Greek pyon pus
First Known Use: before 12th century

2foul

noun

sports : an action that is against the rules and for which a player is given a penalty

baseball : a batted ball that lands outside the foul lines : a foul ball

Full Definition of FOUL

1
archaic :  something foul
2
:  an entanglement or collision especially in angling or sailing
3
a :  an infringement of the rules in a game or sport
b :  free throw
4
:  foul ball

Examples of FOUL

  1. He hit several fouls in a row.

First Known Use of FOUL

before 12th century

Other Field and Goal Sports Terms

crease, lateral, lax, overthrow, playbook, post, screen, scrum, secondary, ultimate

Rhymes with FOUL

3foul

verb

: to make (a substance, place, etc.) dirty

sports : to commit a foul

: to commit a foul against (another player)

Full Definition of FOUL

intransitive verb
1
:  to become or be foul: as
a :  decompose, rot
b :  to become encrusted, clogged, or choked with a foreign substance
c :  to become entangled or come into collision
2
:  to commit a violation of the rules in a sport or game
3
:  to hit a foul ball
transitive verb
1
:  to make foul: as
a :  to make dirty :  pollute
b :  to tangle or come into collision with
c :  to encrust with a foreign substance <a ship's bottom fouled with barnacles>
d :  obstruct, block
3
:  to commit a foul against
4
:  to hit (a baseball) foul

Examples of FOUL

  1. pollutants that foul the air
  2. She fouled on her first long jump attempt.
  3. He was fouled as he attempted the shot.
  4. He kept fouling pitches into the stands.

First Known Use of FOUL

before 12th century

4foul

adverb

Definition of FOUL

:  in a foul manner :  so as to be foul

First Known Use of FOUL

13th century

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