WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2014
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.
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.
in a foul manner.
Gamesa violation of the rules of a sport or game:disqualified for too many fouls.
[~ + 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•ness, n. [uncountable]
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foul /faʊl/ adj
- offensive to the senses; revolting
- offensive in odour; stinking
- charged with or full of dirt or offensive matter; filthy
- (of food) putrid; rotten
- morally or spiritually offensive; wicked; vile
- obscene; vulgar: foul language
- (esp of weather) unpleasant or adverse
- blocked or obstructed with dirt or foreign matter: a foul drain
- (of the bottom of a vessel) covered with barnacles and other growth that slow forward motion
- informal unsatisfactory or uninteresting; bad: a foul book
- a violation of the rules
- (as modifier): a foul shot, a foul blow
- an entanglement or collision, esp in sailing or fishing
- to make or become dirty or polluted
- to become or cause to become entangled or snarled
- (transitive) to disgrace or dishonour
- to become or cause to become clogged or choked
- (transitive) (of underwater growth) to cling to (the bottom of a vessel) so as to slow its motion
- (transitive) to commit a foul against (an opponent)
- (intransitive) to infringe the rules
- to collide with (a boat, etc)
Etymology: Old English fūl; related to Old Norse fūll, Gothic fūls smelling offensively, Latin pūs pus, Greek puol pusˈfoully adv
- in a foul or unfair manner
- fall foul of ⇒ to come into conflict with
- to come into collision with
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