befoul

verb be·foul \ bi-ˈfau̇(-ə)l , bē- \

Definition of befoul

transitive verb
1 :to make foul (as with dirt or waste)
2 :sully, soil, besmirch
  • scandal befouled his reputation

Examples of befoul in a Sentence

  1. pollutants that befoul the air and water

  2. unsightly mud and slush befouls the family car every winter

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First Known Use of befoul

12th century

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BEFOUL Defined for English Language Learners

befoul

verb

Definition of befoul for English Language Learners

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



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