Variant of foul
- so offensive to the senses as to cause disgust; stinking; loathsome: a foul odor
- extremely dirty or impure; disgustingly filthy
- full of or blocked up with dirt or foreign objects: a foul pipe
- putrid; rotten: said of food
- not decent; obscene; profane: foul language
- very wicked; abominable: a foul murder
- not clear; stormy; unfavorable: foul weather, winds, etc.
- tangled or snarled; caught: a foul rope
- not according to the rules of a game; unfair, by either accident or intention
- treacherous; dishonest
- Chiefly Brit., Now Dial. ugly
- Informal unpleasant, disagreeable, etc.
- ☆ Baseball of or having to do with the part of the field that lies outside the foul lines
- Printing containing errors or marked with changes: foul copy or proof
Origin: Middle English ; from Old English ful, akin to German faul, rotten, lazy ; from Indo-European base an unverified form pū-, an unverified form pu-, to stink (; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps exclamation of disgust) from source Classical Latin putere, to rot, Classical Greek pyon, pus
- in a foul way
- Baseball in or into the part of the field that lies outside the foul lines
- a collision of boats, contestants, etc.
- an infraction of the rules, as of a game or sport
- Baseball foul ball
- to make foul; dirty; soil; defile
- to dishonor or disgrace
- to impede or obstruct; specif.,
- to fill up; encrust; choke: to foul a drain with grease
- to cover (the bottom of a ship) with barnacles, seaweed, etc.
- to entangle; catch: a rope fouled in the shrouds
- to make a foul against in a contest or game
- ☆ Baseball to bat (the ball) so that it falls outside the foul lines
- to become dirty, filthy, or rotten
- to be clogged or choked
- to become tangled
- to break the rules of a game
- Baseball to bat the ball so that it falls outside the foul lines or is caught there: to foul to the third baseman
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