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Definition of "foul" []

  • Offensive to the senses; revolting. (adjective)
  • Having an offensive odor; smelly. (adjective)
  • Rotten or putrid: foul meat. (adjective)
  • Full of dirt or mud; dirty. See Synonyms at dirty. (adjective)
  • Full of impurities; polluted: foul air. (adjective)
  • Offensive to the senses; revolting (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Offensive in odour; stinking (adjective)
  • Charged with or full of dirt or offensive matter; filthy (adjective)
  • (of food) putrid; rotten (adjective)
  • Morally or spiritually offensive; wicked; vile (adjective)
  • Obscene; vulgar (adjective)
  • Not in accordance with accepted standards or established rules; unfair (adjective)
  • (esp of weather) unpleasant or adverse (adjective)
  • Blocked or obstructed with dirt or foreign matter (adjective)
  • Entangled or impeded (adjective)
  • (of the bottom of a vessel) covered with barnacles and other growth that slow forward motion (adjective)
  • Unsatisfactory or uninteresting; bad (adjective)
  • Ugly (adjective)
  • A violation of the rules (noun)
  • (as modifier) (noun)
  • Something foul (noun)
  • An entanglement or collision, esp in sailing or fishing (noun)
  • To make or become dirty or polluted (verb)
  • To become or cause to become entangled or snarled (verb)
  • To disgrace or dishonour (verb)
  • To become or cause to become clogged or choked (verb)
  • (of underwater growth) to cling to (the bottom of a vessel) so as to slow its motion (verb)
  • To commit a foul against (an opponent) (verb)
  • To hit (a ball) in an illegal manner (verb)
  • To infringe the rules (verb)
  • (of an animal, esp a dog) to defecate on (verb)
  • To collide with (a boat, etc) (verb)
  • In a foul or unfair manner (adverb)

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Use "foul" in a sentence
  • "“Boleyn,” said Brandon, the word foul on his tongue."
  • "In a brand-new interview revealed today, Michael ` s father, Joe, said he believes that there was what he calls foul play in his son ` s death."
  • "You might notice that none of what you call foul language and cite in # 336 comes from me except for: “Dumbya always looks angry when things don’t quite work out the way he wanted.”"