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Meaning of FOUL

Pronunciation:  fawl

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  (sports) an act that violates of the rules of the sport
  2. [adj]  especially of a ship's lines etc; "with its sails afoul"; "a foul anchor"
  3. [adj]  disgustingly dirty; filled or smeared with offensive matter; "as filthy as a pigsty"; "a foul pond"; "a nasty pigsty of a room"
  4. [adj]  characterized by obscenity; "had a filthy mouth"; "foul language"; "smutty jokes"
  5. [adj]  (informal) thoroughly unpleasant; "filthy (or foul or nasty or vile) weather we're having"
  6. [adj]  (of a baseball) not hit between the foul lines
  7. [adj]  violating accepted standards or rules; "a dirty fighter"; "used foul means to gain power"; "a nasty unsporting serve"; "fined for unsportsmanlike behavior"
  8. [adj]  offensively malodorous; "a putrid smell"
  9. [adj]  (of a manuscript) defaced with changes; "foul (or dirty) copy"
  10. [adj]  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"
  11. [v]  commit a foul; break the rules
  12. [v]  hit a foul ball, in baseball
  13. [v]  become foul or dirty
  14. [v]  make foul; "foul the water"
  15. [v]  spot, stain, or pollute; "The townspeople defiled the river by emptying raw sewage into it"
  16. [v]  make impure; "The industrial wastes polluted the lake"
  17. [v]  become or cause to become obstructed; "The leaves clog our drains in the Fall"; "The water pipe is backed up"

FOUL is a 4 letter word that starts with F.


 Synonyms: afoul(ip), back up, befoul, cheating(a), choke, choke off, clog, clog up, congest, contaminate, defile, dirty, disgustful, disgusting, distasteful, fetid, filthy, foetid, fouled, foul-smelling, funky, illegible, inclement, loathly, loathsome, maculate, malodorous, marked-up, nasty, noisome, offensive, out-of-bounds, pollute, putrid, repellant, repellent, repelling, revolting, skanky, smelly, smutty, soiled, stinking, tangled, unclean, unfair, unjust, unsporting, unsportsmanlike, vile, wicked, yucky
 Antonyms: fair, unclog
 See Also: attaint, begrime, bemire, block, change, choke up, close up, colly, crap up, dirty, disgrace, dishonor, dishonour, foul ball, foul out, grime, gum up, hack, hit, impede, infect, infringement, jam, lug, obstruct, obturate, occlude, personal foul, play, shame, silt, silt up, soil, stuff, taint, violation



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Foul\ (foul), n. [See {Fowl}.]
    A bird. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
  2. \Foul\ (foul), a. [Compar. Fouler (-[~e]r); superl.
    {Foulest}.] [OE. foul, ful, AS. f[=u]l; akin to D. vuil, G.
    faul rotten, OHG. f[=u]l, Icel. f[=u]l foul, fetid; Dan.
    fuul, Sw. ful foul, Goth. f[=u]ls fetid, Lith. puti to be
    putrid, L. putere to stink, be putrid, pus pus, Gr. py`on
    pus, to cause to rot, Skr. p[=u]y to stink. [root]82. Cf.
    {Defile} to foul, {File} to foul, {Filth}, {Pus}, {Putrid}.]
    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.
             My face is foul with weeping.         --Job. xvi.
    2. Scurrilous; obscene or profane; abusive; as, foul words;
       foul language.
    3. Hateful; detestable; shameful; odious; wretched. ``The
       foul with Sycorax.'' --Shak.
             Who first seduced them to that foul revolt?
    4. Loathsome; disgusting; as, a foul disease.
    5. Ugly; homely; poor. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
             Let us, like merchants, show our foulest wares.
    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.
             So foul a sky clears not without a storm. --Shak.
    7. Not conformed to the established rules and customs of a
       game, conflict, test, etc.; unfair; dishonest;
       dishonorable; cheating; as, foul play.
    8. 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.
    {Foul anchor}. (Naut.) See under {Anchor}.
    {Foul ball} (Baseball), a ball that first strikes the ground
       outside of the foul ball lines, or rolls outside of
       certain limits.
    {Foul ball lines} (Baseball), lines from the home base,
       through the first and third bases, to the boundary of the
    {Foul berth} (Naut.), a berth in which a ship is in danger of
       fouling another vesel.
    {Foul bill}, or {Foul bill of health}, a certificate, duly
       authenticated, that a ship has come from a place where a
       contagious disorder prevails, or that some of the crew are
    {Foul copy}, a rough draught, with erasures and corrections;
       -- opposed to fair or clean copy. ``Some writers boast of
       negligence, and others would be ashamed to show their foul
       copies.'' --Cowper.
    {Foul proof}, an uncorrected proof; a proof containing an
       excessive quantity of errors.
    {Foul strike} (Baseball), a strike by the batsman when any
       part of his person is outside of the lines of his
    {To fall foul}, to fall out; to quarrel. [Obs.] ``If they be
       any ways offended, they fall foul.'' --Burton.
    {To} {fall, or run}, {foul of}. See under {Fall}.
    {To make foul water}, to sail in such shallow water that the
       ship's keel stirs the mud at the bottom.
  3. \Foul\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Fouled}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    1. To make filthy; to defile; to daub; to dirty; to soil; as,
       to foul the face or hands with mire.
    2. (Mil.) To incrust (the bore of a gun) with burnt powder in
       the process of firing.
    3. To cover (a ship's bottom) with anything that impered its
       sailing; as, a bottom fouled with barnacles.
    4. To entangle, so as to impede motion; as, to foul a rope or
       cable in paying it out; to come into collision with; as,
       one boat fouled the other in a race.
  4. \Foul\, v. i.
    1. To become clogged with burnt powder in the process of
       firing, as a gun.
    2. To become entagled, as ropes; to come into collision with
       something; as, the two boats fouled.
  5. \Foul\, n.
    1. An entanglement; a collision, as in a boat race.
    2. (Baseball) See {Foul ball}, under {Foul}, a.
  6. \Foul\, n.
    In various games or sports, an act done contrary to the
    rules; a foul stroke, hit, play, or the like.
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