Foul - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |faʊl|  American pronunciation of the word foul
Brit.  |faʊl|  British pronunciation of the word foul


- an act that violates the rules of a sport


- hit a foul ball
- make impure (syn: contaminate, pollute)
- become or cause to become obstructed (syn: choke, clog, congest)
- commit a foul; break the rules
- spot, stain, or pollute (syn: befoul, defile, maculate)
- make unclean
- become soiled and dirty


- highly offensive; arousing aversion or disgust (syn: disgustful, disgusting, distasteful, loathly, loathsome, repellant, repellent, repelling, revolting, skanky, wicked, yucky)
- offensively malodorous(syn: fetid, foetid, foul-smelling, funky, ill-scented, noisome, smelly, stinking)
- violating accepted standards or rules(syn: cheating, dirty, unsporting, unsportsmanlike)
- (of a manuscript) defaced with changes(syn: dirty, marked-up)
- characterized by obscenity(syn: cruddy, filthy, nasty, smutty)
- disgustingly dirty; filled or smeared with offensive matter(syn: filthy, nasty)
- especially of a ship's lines etc(syn: afoul, fouled)


the foul odor of rotten eggs

The medicine left a foul taste in my mouth.

The weather has been foul all week.

He hit several fouls in a row.

She fouled on her first long jump attempt.

He was fouled as he attempted the shot.

He kept fouling pitches into the stands.

The air within the cell was foul.

If your chimney is foul, clean it.

The foul smells of the place soon drove us away.

Vulture is a foul feeder.

This horse trots foul.

There were rumors she had fallen foul of her new boss.

This was not the last time that Marlowe came foul of the law.

The seashore is fouled up with oil from the wrecked ship.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: foul
he/she/it: fouls
present participle: fouling
past tense: fouled
past participle: fouled
singular: foul
plural: fouls
comparative: fouler
superlative: foulest
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