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Meaning & Definition of Foul in English

English

Foul

/faʊl/

noun

1. An act that violates the rules of a sport

    synonym:
  • foul

verb

1. Hit a foul ball

    synonym:
  • foul

2. Make impure

  • "The industrial wastes polluted the lake"
    synonym:
  • pollute
  • ,
  • foul
  • ,
  • contaminate

3. Become or cause to become obstructed

  • "The leaves clog our drains in the fall"
  • "The water pipe is backed up"
    synonym:
  • clog
  • ,
  • choke off
  • ,
  • clog up
  • ,
  • back up
  • ,
  • congest
  • ,
  • choke
  • ,
  • foul

4. Commit a foul

  • Break the rules
    synonym:
  • foul

5. Spot, stain, or pollute

  • "The townspeople defiled the river by emptying raw sewage into it"
    synonym:
  • foul
  • ,
  • befoul
  • ,
  • defile
  • ,
  • maculate

6. Make unclean

  • "Foul the water"
    synonym:
  • foul

7. Become soiled and dirty

    synonym:
  • foul

adjective

1. Highly offensive

  • Arousing aversion or disgust
  • "A disgusting smell"
  • "Distasteful language"
  • "A loathsome disease"
  • "The idea of eating meat is repellent to me"
  • "Revolting food"
  • "A wicked stench"
    synonym:
  • disgusting
  • ,
  • disgustful
  • ,
  • distasteful
  • ,
  • foul
  • ,
  • loathly
  • ,
  • loathsome
  • ,
  • repellent
  • ,
  • repellant
  • ,
  • repelling
  • ,
  • revolting
  • ,
  • skanky
  • ,
  • wicked
  • ,
  • yucky

2. Offensively malodorous

  • "A foul odor"
  • "The kitchen smelled really funky"
    synonym:
  • fetid
  • ,
  • foetid
  • ,
  • foul
  • ,
  • foul-smelling
  • ,
  • funky
  • ,
  • noisome
  • ,
  • smelly
  • ,
  • stinking
  • ,
  • ill-scented

3. Violating accepted standards or rules

  • "A dirty fighter"
  • "Used foul means to gain power"
  • "A nasty unsporting serve"
  • "Fined for unsportsmanlike behavior"
    synonym:
  • cheating(a)
  • ,
  • dirty
  • ,
  • foul
  • ,
  • unsporting
  • ,
  • unsportsmanlike

4. (of a baseball) not hit between the foul lines

    synonym:
  • foul

5. (of a manuscript) defaced with changes

  • "Foul (or dirty) copy"
    synonym:
  • dirty
  • ,
  • foul
  • ,
  • marked-up

6. Characterized by obscenity

  • "Had a filthy mouth"
  • "Foul language"
  • "Smutty jokes"
    synonym:
  • cruddy
  • ,
  • filthy
  • ,
  • foul
  • ,
  • nasty
  • ,
  • smutty

7. Disgustingly dirty

  • Filled or smeared with offensive matter
  • "As filthy as a pigsty"
  • "A foul pond"
  • "A nasty pigsty of a room"
    synonym:
  • filthy
  • ,
  • foul
  • ,
  • nasty

8. Especially of a ship's lines etc

  • "With its sails afoul"
  • "A foul anchor"
    synonym:
  • afoul(ip)
  • ,
  • foul
  • ,
  • fouled

Examples of using

No love is foul nor prison fair.
"To err is human, but to really foul things up requires a computer." - Farmers Almanac, 1978