WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
foul /faʊl/USA pronunciationadj. 
  • offensive to the senses;
    disgusting:a foul smell from the river.
  • marked by offensive matter or qualities:The city air had become foul with pollution.
  • very dirty; filthy:foul rags.
  • clogged with foreign matter:a foul pipeline.
  • stormy; inclement:foul weather.
  • angry;
    irritable:in a foul temper.
  • morally offensive:the foul crime of murder.
  • profane; obscene:foul language.
  • Gamescontrary to the rules or practices, as in a sport or game.

  • adv. 
  • in a foul manner.

  • n. [countable]
  • Gamesa violation of the rules of a sport or game:disqualified for too many fouls.

  • v. 
  • [+ object] to make foul; defile;
    soil:a river fouled with pollution.
  • [+ object] to clog;
    obstruct:The valves were fouled with dirt.
  • to (cause to) become entangled or caught, such as a rope: [no object]The ropes fouled in the wind.[+ object]The wind and tides fouled the ropes.
  • [+ object] to dishonor; disgrace:Scandal fouled his good name.
  • Sport[no object] to commit a foul in a sport or game.
  • foul up, to make a mess;
    bungle: [no object]really fouled up during the interview.[+ up + object]really fouled up the interview.[+ object + up]had really fouled it up this time.
  • foul•ly, adv. 
    foul•ness, n. [uncountable]

    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    foul /faʊl/ adj
    1. offensive to the senses; revolting
    2. offensive in odour; stinking
    3. charged with or full of dirt or offensive matter; filthy
    4. (of food) putrid; rotten
    5. morally or spiritually offensive; wicked; vile
    6. obscene; vulgar: foul language
    7. (esp of weather) unpleasant or adverse
    8. blocked or obstructed with dirt or foreign matter: a foul drain
    9. (of the bottom of a vessel) covered with barnacles and other growth that slow forward motion
    10. informal unsatisfactory or uninteresting; bad: a foul book
    1. a violation of the rules
    2. (as modifier): a foul shot, a foul blow
    3. an entanglement or collision, esp in sailing or fishing
    1. to make or become dirty or polluted
    2. to become or cause to become entangled or snarled
    3. (transitive) to disgrace or dishonour
    4. to become or cause to become clogged or choked
    5. (transitive) (of underwater growth) to cling to (the bottom of a vessel) so as to slow its motion
    6. (transitive) to commit a foul against (an opponent)
    7. (intransitive) to infringe the rules
    8. to collide with (a boat, etc)
    1. in a foul or unfair manner
    2. fall foul ofto come into conflict with
    3. to come into collision with
    Etymology: Old English fūl; related to Old Norse fūll, Gothic fūls smelling offensively, Latin pūs pus, Greek puol pus

    ˈfoully adv

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