Foil - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |fɔɪl|  American pronunciation of the word foil
Brit.  |fɔɪl|  British pronunciation of the word foil


- a piece of thin and flexible sheet metal
- anything that serves by contrast to call attention to another thing's good qualities(syn: enhancer)
- a device consisting of a flat or curved piece (as a metal plate) so that its surface reacts to the water it is passing through(syn: hydrofoil)
- picture consisting of a positive photograph or drawing on a transparent base; viewed with a projector (syn: transparency)
- a light slender flexible sword tipped by a button


- enhance by contrast
- hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of(syn: baffle, bilk, cross, frustrate, queer, scotch, spoil, thwart)
- cover or back with foil


Her husband's steadiness acts as a foil to her impetuousness.

The prisoner's attempt to escape was foiled at the last minute.

Cover the chicken with silver foil and bake.

A massive arms-smuggling plan has been foiled by the CIA.

the photographic film was wrapped in foil

pretty girls like plain friends as foils

the fins of a fish act as hydrofoils

In this picture, the figures are foiled against the background

Enclose the fish in foil and bake.

She wrapped the fish in foil and baked it for 15 minutes.

...he plays the role of the duplicitous knave who tries to foil the play's hero...

...the lithe blade of a fencing foil...

Cover the bowl with aluminum foil, and then use a fork to perforate the foil.

When I get my hair highlighted, I look like a giant roll of aluminum foil.

The simple stone floor is the perfect foil for the brightly coloured furnishings.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: foil
he/she/it: foils
present participle: foiling
past tense: foiled
past participle: foiled
singular: foil
plural: foils
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