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Adjective: foul (fouler,foulest)  faw(-u)l
  1. Highly offensive; arousing aversion or disgust
    "a foul smell";
    - disgusting, disgustful [archaic], distasteful, loathly, loathsome, repellent, repellant, repelling, revolting, skanky, wicked, yucky, loathful [archaic], yukky
     
  2. Offensively malodorous
    "a foul odour"; "a foul-smelling odour";
    - fetid, foetid [Brit], foul-smelling, funky, noisome, smelly, stinking, ill-scented
     
  3. Violating accepted standards or rules
    "used foul means to gain power";
    - cheating, dirty, unsporting, unsportsmanlike
     
  4. (of a manuscript) defaced with changes
    "foul copy";
    - dirty, marked-up
     
  5. Characterized by obscenity
    "foul language";
    - filthy, nasty, smutty
     
  6. Disgustingly dirty; filled or smeared with offensive matter
    "a foul pond";
    - filthy, nasty, cruddy
     
  7. (nautical) not having freedom of motion due to collision or entanglement; entangled
    "a foul anchor";
    - afoul, fouled
     
  8. (of a baseball) not hit between the foul lines
Verb: foul  faw(-u)l
  1. (baseball) hit a foul ball
     
  2. Make impure in a bad way; make something harmful, especially by the addition of some unwanted substance
    "The industrial wastes fouled the lake";
    - pollute, contaminate
     
  3. Become or cause to become obstructed
    "The leaves foul our drains in the Fall";
    - clog, choke off, clog up, back up, congest, choke
     
  4. Commit a foul; break the rules
     
  5. Spoil Spot, stain, or pollute
    "The townspeople fouled the river by emptying raw sewage into it";
    - befoul, defile, maculate
     
  6. Make unclean
    "foul the water"
     
  7. Become soiled and dirty
Noun: foul  faw(-u)l
  1. (sport) an act that violates the rules of a sport

Sounds like: forwards, forewofoul

Derived forms: fouling, fouled, fouls, foulest, fouler

See also: dirty, illegible, ill-smelling, malodorous, malodourous [Brit, Cdn, non-standard], minging [Brit], offensive, out-of-bounds, pongy [Brit], soiled, stinky, tangled, unclean, unfair, unjust, unpleasant-smelling, whiffy [Brit]

Type of: attaint [archaic], begrime, bemire [archaic], block, change, close up, colly [archaic], dirty, disgrace, dishonor [US], dishonour [Brit, Cdn], grime, hit, impede, infringement, jam, obstruct, obturate, occlude, play, shame, soil, violation

Antonym: fair

Encyclopedia: Foul