Foul

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English

Adjective

Foul (comparative more Foul, superlative most Foul)

  1. Covered with, or containing, extraneous matter which is injurious, noxious, offensive, or obstructive; filthy; dirty; not clean; polluted; nasty; defiled; as, a foul cloth; foul hands; a foul chimney; foul air; a ship's bottom is foul when overgrown with barnacles; a gun becomes foul from repeated firing; a well is foul with polluted water.
    Cap'n, she's all fouled up.
  2. Scurrilous; obscene or profane; abusive; as, foul words; foul language.
    The rascal spewed forth a series of foul pronouncements.
  3. Hateful; detestable; shameful; odious; wretched.
    He has a foul set of friends.
  4. Loathsome; disgusting; as, a foul disease.
    This foul food is making me retch.
  5. Ugly; homely; poor.
  6. Not favorable; unpropitious; not fair or advantageous; as, a foul wind; a foul road; cloudy or rainy; stormy; not fair; -- said of the weather, sky, etc.
    Some foul weather is brewing.
  7. Not conformed to the established rules and customs of a game, conflict, test, etc.; unfair; dishonest; dishonorable; cheating; as, foul play.
    Foul play is not suspected.
  8. (nautical) Having freedom of motion interfered with by collision or entanglement; entangled; -- opposed to clear; as, a rope or cable may get foul while paying it out.
    We've got a foul anchor.
  9. (baseball) Outside of the base lines; in foul territory.
    Jones hit foul ball after foul ball.

Notes

  • Nouns to which "foul" is often applied: play, ball, language, breath, smell, odor, water, weather, deed.

Verb

Foul (third-person singular simple present Fouls, present participle Fouling, simple past and past participle Fouled)

  1. (transitive) To make dirty.
    She's fouled her diaper.
  2. (transitive) To besmirch.
    He's fouled his reputation.
  3. (transitive) To clog or obstruct.
    The hair has fouled the drain.
  4. (transitive, nautical) To entangle.
    The kelp has fouled the prop.
  5. (transitive, basketball) To make contact with an opposing player in order to gain advantage.
    Smith fouled him hard.
  6. (transitive, baseball) To hit outside of the baselines.
    Jones fouled the ball off the facing of the upper deck.
  7. (intransitive) To become clogged.
    The drain fouled.
  8. (intransitive) To become entangled.
    The prop fouled on the kelp.
  9. (intransitive, basketball) To commit a foul.
    Smith fouled within the first minute of the quarter.
  10. (intransitive, baseball) To hit a ball outside of the baselines.
    Jones fouled for strike one.

Noun

Foul (plural Fouls)
  1. (sports) A breach of the rules of a game, especially one involving inappropriate contact with an opposing player in order to gain an advantage; as, for example, foot-tripping in soccer, or contact of any kind in basketball.
  2. (bowling) A (usually accidental) contact between a bowler and the lane before the bowler has released the ball.
  3. (baseball) A foul ball, a ball which has been hit outside of the base lines.
    Jones hit a foul up over the screen.

Synonyms for Foul

offensive, polluted, tainted, defiled, impure, unclean, nasty, filthy, dirty, rotten, putrid, disgusting, fetid, decayed, diseased, tarnished, soiled, vitiated, contaminated, squalid, corrupt, fetid, carious, stinking, putrescent, obscene, coarse, vulgar, indecent, unfair, dishonest.

Antonyms for Foul

undefiled, pure, clean, spotless, untainted, uncorrupted, untarnished, sterile, unsullied, immaculate, unblemished, fair, virgin, innocent, guileless, white, wholesome, gratifying, pleasing, speckless, good, becoming, just, honest, inviting, sound.

Thesaurus

Fescennine, Rabelaisian, abase, abeyant, abhorrent, abject, abominable, abuse, abusive, adulterate, adulterated, adverse, affronting, afoul, amoral, angry, apathetic, arrant, asperse, atrocious, awful, bad, bad for, bag, bang, bang into, bar, barfy, base, bawdy, beastly, befoul, beggarly, begrime, belittle, belittling, below contempt, below the belt, benasty, beneath contempt, bent, besmirch, besoil, bind, black, blacken, blamable, blameworthy, blasphemous, block, block up, blockade, blocked, blow, blue, blustery, botch, bound, brackish, brutal, bugger up, bump, bump into, bung, bungle, calumniatory, calumnious, cankered, cannon, carious, carom, carom into, cataleptic, catatonic, catch, caught, caulk, cheesy, chink, choke, choke off, choke up, choked, choked up, clash, clog, clog up, clogged, clogged up, cloudy, cloying, coarse, collide, come into collision, comminatory, concuss, confront each other, congest, congested, constipate, constipated, contaminate, contaminated, contemptible, contumelious, convert, cork, corrupt, costive, cover, crack up, crappy, crash, crash into, criminal, crooked, crude, crummy, crump, crunch, cursing, cyclonic, dam, dam up, damnable, damnatory, dangerous, dark, dash into, dead, debase, debased, decayed, decomposed, defalcate, defamatory, defame, defile, defiled, degrade, degraded, demean, denigrate, denunciatory, deplorable, depraved, deprecative, deprecatory, depreciate, depreciative, depreciatory, derisive, derisory, derogate, derogatory, desecrate, despicable, detestable, devaluate, dire, dirty, disagreeable, discredit, disgrace, disgraceful, disgusting, dishonest, dishonor, dishonorable, disparage, disparaging, divert, dopey, dormant, double-dealing, dreadful, dull, dysphemistic, egregious, embezzle, encounter, enmesh, enmeshed, enormous, ensnare, ensnared, entangle, entangled, entrap, epithetic, evil, excommunicative, excommunicatory, execrable, execratory, fall foul of, fecal, feculent, festering, fetid, fill, fill up, filthy, flagitious, flagrant, flat, flyblown, forbidden, forbidding, foul play, foul up, foul-mouthed, foul-spoken, foul-tongued, fouled, fraudulent, frightful, frowsty, frowy, frowzy, full, fulminatory, fulsome, funky, fusty, gamy, gangrened, gangrenous, ghastly, gloppy, gone bad, goof up, grave, graveolent, grievous, grime, grisly, groggy, gross, grubby, gruesome, gunky, harmful, harpoon, hateful, heavy, heinous, hideous, high, hit, hit against, hook, horrible, horrid, hurt, hurtle, icky, ignoble, ignominious, ill-smelling, illegal, illegality, immodest, immoral, impinge, imprecatory, improper, impure, in abeyance, in suspense, in trouble, inactive, indecent, indelicate, inert, infamous, infarcted, infect, infraction, infringement, iniquitous, injurious, insalubrious, insanitary, insulting, interdicted, invective, ithyphallic, jam, jammed, knavish, knock, knock against, lamentable, land, languid, languorous, lasso, latent, leaden, lewd, licentious, lifeless, little, loathsome, logy, louse up, lousy, low, low-down, lumpen, lurid, maggoty, maladminister, maledictory, maligning, malodorous, mangy, mawkish, mean, measly, meet, mephitic, mesh, mess, mess up, miasmal, miasmic, mildewed, mildewy, misapply, misappropriate, misemploy, miserable, mishandle, mismanage, misuse, moldy, monstrous, morbific, mortified, mouldy, muck up, mucky, muff, musty, nail, nasty, naughty, nauseant, nauseating, nauseous, necrosed, necrotic, nefarious, net, nidorous, noisome, noose, not cricket, not fair, notorious, noxious, objectionable, objurgatory, obnoxious, obscene, obstipate, obstipated, obstruct, obstructed, odious, odorous, off, off color, offensive, olid, ordurous, outrageous, overripe, pack, packed, paltry, passive, pathogenic, peccant, peculate, percuss, perfidious, pervert, pestiferous, petty, phlegmatic, pilfer, pitiable, pitiful, plug, plug up, plugged, plugged up, poisonous, poky, pollute, polluted, poor, pornographic, profane, prohibited, prostitute, puky, putrefacient, putrefactive, putrefied, putrescent, putrid, raging, rainy, rancid, rank, raunchy, raw, reasty, reasy, rebarbative, reechy, reeking, reeky, regrettable, repellent, repelling, reprehensible, reprobate, reptilian, repugnant, repulsive, revolting, ribald, risque, rope, rotten, rotting, rough, rude, ruin, run into, sack, sad, salacious, scabby, scandalous, scatologic, scatological, schlock, scornful, screw up, scrubby, scruffy, scummy, scurfy, scurrile, scurrilous, scurvy, sedentary, septic, shabby, shady, shameful, shitty, shocking, shoddy, sickening, sideswipe, sinful, slabby, slack, slam into, slanderous, sleeping, sleety, slimy, sloppy, sloshy, sludgy, sluggish, slumbering, slushy, smack into, small, smash, smash into, smash up, smear, smellful, smelling, smelly, smirch, smoking-room, smoldering, smooch, smudge, smutty, snafu, snag, snare, snarl, snarled, sniggle, snowy, soil, soiled, soily, sordid, soured, spear, sphacelated, spile, spoil, spoiled, sposhy, squalid, stagnant, stain, stale, stanch, standing, static, stay, stench, stenchy, stinking, stop, stop up, stopped, stopped up, stopper, stopple, storming, stormy, strike, strike against, strong, stuff, stuff up, stuffed, stuffed up, stuffy, suggestive, sulfurous, sully, sultry, suppurating, suppurative, suspended, taint, tainted, take, tame, tangle, tangle up with, tangled, tarnish, tempestuous, terrible, too bad, tornadic, torpid, traitorous, trap, treacherous, turbulent, turned, twist, two-faced, typhonic, typhoonish, ulcerated, unaroused, unchaste, unclean, uncleanly, uncouth, underhanded, unfair, unfairness, unfavorable, unforgivable, unhealthful, unhealthy, unhygienic, unjust, unmentionable, unpardonable, unprintable, unrepeatable, unsanitary, unscrupulous, unspeakable, unsporting, unsportsmanlike, unsportsmanlikeness, unsportsmanliness, unsportsmanly, unwholesome, unworthy, venal, vicious, vile, villainous, violate, violation, vitiate, vituperative, vomity, vulgar, weevily, wet, whomp, wicked, windy, woeful, wormy, worst, worthless, wretched, wrong, yecchy, yucky

Pronunciation

Etymology 1

From Middle English, from Old English fūl (foul, unclean, impure, vile, corrupt, rotten, guilty), from Proto-Germanic *fūlaz (foul, rotten), from Proto-Indo-European *pū- (to rot). Cognate with Dutch vuil (foul), German faul (foul), Swedish ful (foul), Latin puter (rotten). More at putrid.

Etymology 2

From Old English fūlian.

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