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foul

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adjective \ˈfau̇(-ə)l\

Definition of foul

  1. 1a :  offensive to the senses :  loathsome the foul odor of rotten eggsb :  filled or covered with offensive matter foul bins of filth

  2. 2 :  full of dirt or mud

  3. 3a :  morally or spiritually odious :  detestable a foul crimeb :  notably unpleasant or distressing :  wretched, horrid in a foul mood

  4. 4 :  obscene, abusive foul language

  5. 5a :  being wet and stormy foul weatherb :  obstructive to navigation a foul tide

  6. 6 dialectal British :  homely, ugly

  7. 7a :  treacherous, dishonorable fair means or foulb :  constituting an infringement (see infringe 1) of rules in a game or sport a foul blow in boxing

  8. 8 :  containing marked-up corrections a foul manuscript foul proofs

  9. 9 :  encrusted, clogged, or choked with a foreign substance the chimney was foul and smoked badly

  10. 10 :  being odorous and impure :  polluted foul air

  11. 11 :  placed in a situation that impedes physical movement :  entangled a foul fishing line

  12. 12 :  being outside the foul lines in baseball … a foul fly that was snagged by a fan in the stands. — E. M. Swift

foully

play \ˈfau̇(l)-lē\ adverb

foulness

noun

Examples of foul in a Sentence

  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 and Etymology of foul

Middle English, from Old English fūl; akin to Old High German fūl rotten, Latin pus pus, putēre to stink, Greek pyon pus

Synonym Discussion of foul

dirty, filthy, foul, nasty, squalid mean conspicuously unclean or impure. dirty emphasizes the presence of dirt more than an emotional reaction to it. a dirty littered street filthy carries a strong suggestion of offensiveness and typically of gradually accumulated dirt that begrimes and besmears. a stained greasy floor, utterly filthy foul implies extreme offensiveness and an accumulation of what is rotten or stinking. a foul-smelling open sewer nasty applies to what is actually foul or is repugnant to one expecting freshness, cleanliness, or sweetness. it's a nasty job to clean up after a sick cat In practice, nasty is often weakened to the point of being no more than a synonym of unpleasant or disagreeable. had a nasty fall his answer gave her a nasty shock squalid adds to the idea of dirtiness and filth that of slovenly neglect. squalid slums All these terms are also applicable to moral uncleanness or baseness or obscenity. dirty then stresses meanness or despicableness don't ask me to do your dirty work, while filthy and foul describe disgusting obscenity or loathsome behavior filthy street language a foul story of lust and greed, and nasty implies a peculiarly offensive unpleasantness. a stand-up comedian known for nasty humor Distinctively, squalid implies sordidness as well as baseness and dirtiness. engaged in a series of squalid affairs

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foul

noun

Definition of foul

  1. 1 archaic :  something foul

  2. 2 :  an entanglement or collision especially in angling or sailing

  3. 3a :  an infringement of the rules in a game or sportb :  free throw

  4. 4 :  foul ball

Examples of foul in a Sentence

  1. He hit several fouls in a row.

Origin and Etymology of foul

see 1foul

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foul

verb

Definition of foul

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to become or be foul: such asa :  decompose, rotb :  to become encrusted, clogged, or choked with a foreign substancec :  to become entangled or come into collision

  3. 2 :  to commit a violation of the rules in a sport or game

  4. 3 :  to hit a foul ball

  5. transitive verb
  6. 1 :  to make foul: such asa :  to make dirty :  polluteb :  to tangle or come into collision withc :  to encrust with a foreign substance a ship's bottom fouled with barnaclesd :  obstruct, block

  7. 2 :  dishonor, discredit

  8. 3 :  to commit a foul against

  9. 4 :  to hit (a baseball) foul

Examples of foul in a Sentence

  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


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foul

adverb

Definition of foul

  1. :  in a foul manner :  so as to be foul

First Known Use of foul

13th century



FOUL Defined for English Language Learners

foul

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adjective

Definition of foul for English Language Learners

  • : very unpleasant to taste or smell

  • : morally bad : very evil

  • : very bad or unpleasant

foul

noun

Definition of foul for English Language Learners

  • 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

foul

verb

Definition of foul for English Language Learners

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

  • sports : to commit a foul

  • : to commit a foul against (another player)


FOUL Defined for Kids

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foul

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adjective \ˈfau̇l\

Definition of foul for Students

fouler

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foulest

  1. 1 :  disgusting in looks, taste, or smell In the warm months, a foul odor rose … — Kate DiCamillo, The Tale of Despereaux

  2. 2 :  full of or covered with something that pollutes foul air

  3. 3 :  being vulgar or insulting foul language

  4. 4 :  being wet and stormy foul weather

  5. 5 :  very unfair She would even use foul methods to get what she wanted.

  6. 6 :  very unpleasant or bad a foul mood

  7. 7 :  breaking a rule in a game or sport The boxer was warned for using a foul punch.

  8. 8 :  being outside the foul lines He hit a foul ball.


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foul

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noun

Definition of foul for Students

  1. 1 :  a ball in baseball that is batted outside the foul lines

  2. 2 :  an act of breaking the rules in a game or sport


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foul

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verb

Definition of foul for Students

fouled

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fouling

  1. 1 :  to make or become foul or filthy foul the air foul a stream

  2. 2 :  to make a foul in a game



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