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Adjective: fouled  faw(-u)ld
  1. Made dirty or foul
    "breathing air fouled and darkened with factory soot";
    - befouled
  2. (nautical) not having freedom of motion due to collision or entanglement; entangled
    "with its sails fouled";
    - afoul, foul
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 [literary]
  6. Make unclean
    "foul the water"
  7. Become soiled and dirty

See also: dirty, soiled, tangled, unclean

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

Encyclopedia: Foul