\ ə-ˈfau̇(-ə)l \

Definition of afoul

: fouled, tangled a ship with its sails afoul

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First Known Use of afoul

1807, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for afoul

a- entry 1 + foul entry 1

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“Afoul.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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