Definitions of foul

  1. especially of a ship's lines etc; " with its sails afoul"; " a foul anchor"
  2. become or cause to become obstructed; " The leaves clog our drains in the Fall"; " The water pipe is backed up"
  3. spot, stain, or pollute; " The townspeople defiled the river by emptying raw sewage into it"
  4. violating accepted standards or rules; " a dirty fighter"; " used foul means to gain power"; " a nasty unsporting serve"; " fined for unsportsmanlike behavior"
  5. make impure; " The industrial wastes polluted the lake"
  6. ( of a manuscript) defaced with changes; " foul ( or dirty) copy"
  7. highly offensive; arousing aversion or disgust; " a disgusting smell"; " distasteful language"; " a loathsome disease"; " the idea of eating meat is repellent to me"; " revolting food"; " a wicked stench"
  8. offensively malodorous; " a putrid smell"
  9. disgustingly dirty; filled or smeared with offensive matter; " as filthy as a pigsty"; " a foul pond"; " a nasty pigsty of a room"
  10. characterized by obscenity; " had a filthy mouth"; " foul language"; " smutty jokes"
  11. ( informal) thoroughly unpleasant; " filthy ( or foul or nasty or vile) weather we're having"
  12. ( sports) an act that violates of the rules of the sport
  13. ( of a baseball) not hit between the foul lines
  14. commit a foul; break the rules
  15. become foul or dirty
  16. an act that violates of the rules of a sport
  17. become soiled and dirty
  18. make unclean; " foul the water"
  19. hit a foul ball
  20. thoroughly unpleasant; " filthy ( or foul or nasty or vile) weather we're having"
  21. Covered with, or containing, extraneous matter which is injurious, noxious, offensive, or obstructive; filthy; dirty; not clean; polluted; nasty; defiled; as, a foul cloth; foul hands; a foul chimney; foul air; a ship's bottom is foul when overgrown with barnacles; a gun becomes foul from repeated firing; a well is foul with polluted water.
  22. Scurrilous; obscene or profane; abusive; as, foul words; foul language.
  23. Hateful; detestable; shameful; odious; wretched.
  24. Loathsome; disgusting; as, a foul disease.
  25. Ugly; homely; poor.
  26. Not conformed to the established rules and customs of a game, conflict, test, etc.; unfair; dishonest; dishonorable; cheating; as, foul play.
  27. To make filthy; to defile; to daub; to dirty; to soil; as, to foul the face or hands with mire.
  28. To incrust ( the bore of a gun) with burnt powder in the process of firing.
  29. To cover ( a ship's bottom) with anything that impered its sailing; as, a bottom fouled with barnacles.
  30. To entangle, so as to impede motion; as, to foul a rope or cable in paying it out; to come into collision with; as, one boat fouled the other in a race.
  31. To become clogged with burnt powder in the process of firing, as a gun.
  32. To become entagled, as ropes; to come into collision with something; as, the two boats fouled.
  33. An entanglement; a collision, as in a boat race.
  34. See Foul ball, under Foul, a.
  35. In various games or sports, an act done contrary to the rules; a foul stroke, hit, play, or the like.
  36. Foully.
  37. Not favorable; unpropitious; not fair or advantageous; as, a foul wind; a foul road; cloudy or rainy; stormy; not fair; - said of the weather, sky, etc.
  38. Having freedom of motion interfered with by collision or entanglement; entangled; - opposed to clear; as, a rope or cable may get foul while paying it out.
  39. See ball, under Foul, a.
  40. Offensive, morally or physically; dirty; impure; loathsome; disgraceful; unfair; cloudy and stormy; contrary, as a wind; entangled, as an anchor.
  41. An unfair or wrong play in football, etc.
  42. To make dirty; defile; come into collision with.
  43. To become dirty; in baseball. Etc.; to make a foul play.
  44. Foulness.
  45. Filthy: loathsome: profane: impure: stormy: unfair: running against: entangled.
  46. To come into collision:- pr. p. fouling; pa. p. fouled'.
  47. The act of fouling, colliding, or otherwise impeding due motion or progress: specifically, in a racing contest, the impeding of a competitor by collision, jostling, or the like: in baseball, a batted ball which first strikes the ground not a sufficient distance inside one of the lines drawn from the home base to the first and the third bases.
  48. Into collision; to an attack.
  49. To make foul; entangle.
  50. Unclean; impure; disgusting; offensive; stormy; unfair; in collision with; entangled.
  51. To collide ( with); make or become foul or dirty; commit a breach of rule.
  52. Offensive; loathsome; filthy.
  53. Obstructing, entangling, or injuring; unfair.
  54. An act of fouling; a collision; breach of rule.
  55. Filthy; not clean; turbid; muddy; impure; scurrilous, obscene, or profane; cloudy and stormy; rainy; defiling; detestable; unfair; loathsome; disgraceful; gross; full of gross humours or impurities; full of weeds; entangled; hindered from motion, opposed to clear; covered with weeds or barnacles, as a ship's bottom; contrary, as wind; not safe.
  56. To make filthy; to defile; to soil; to bring into collision.
  57. To become foul; to come into collision. To fall foul, to rush on with haste, rough force, and unseasonable violence; to run against. Foul- anchor, when the cable has a turn round the anchor.
  58. A bird.
  59. Not clean; offensive; dirty; coarse; disgraceful; rainy or tempestuous- applied to weather; entangled; dangerous.
  60. To make filthy; to defile.

Usage examples for foul

  1. " There's foul weather coming out at sea," said their father. – Growth of the Soil by Knut Hamsun
  2. At court, and near the king; 'tis true, by heaven: I never play'd you foul why should you doubt me? – The Works Of John Dryden, Vol. 7 (of 18) The Duke of Guise; Albion and Albanius; Don Sebastian by John Dryden
  3. Foul play, Mr. Beckwith? – Lore of Proserpine by Maurice Hewlett
  4. You may not be guilty of a sin as black and as foul as this, but I tell you, every sin grows, and if you have sin in your heart you cannot tell where it will land you. – Sowing and Reaping by Dwight Moody
  5. I think she can be brought back to health by foul means, but not by fair. – Fernley House by Laura E. Richards
  6. The air was foul – The Boy With the U.S. Miners by Francis Rolt-Wheeler
  7. It is good luck, not good management, when a ship in the Phoebe's position does not foul one in that of the Essex. – Admiral Farragut by A. T. Mahan
  8. I will lead a chosen band of followers into the very heart of the palace, while others surround the building; and, while the King deems himself most secure, I will accuse him of the foul injury he has done me, and slay him on the spot. – The Prime Minister by W.H.G. Kingston
  9. No, there was no more foul play that I know of; and if there was, I don't care. – Dead Men Tell No Tales by E. W. Hornung
  10. I did not speak of this doubt- nay, this conviction- which had come; how could I mention to Mr. Carlyle the name of the man who did him that foul wrong? – East Lynne by Mrs. Henry Wood
  11. But at night, or in foul weather, M. de la Pailletine reserved this apartment for his own use. – The Blue Pavilions by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  12. Him from the land to drive for his foul deed Thy justice moved thee not. – Specimens of Greek Tragedy Aeschylus and Sophocles by Goldwin Smith
  13. The notion that the vanished persons had met with foul play was never seriously entertained, it being generally agreed that Mr. Pennroyal had ample reasons for not wishing to remain in a place where his credit and his welcome were alike worn out. – Archibald Malmaison by Julian Hawthorne
  14. You're worse than Jim Cubitt; he at least had an old grievance against me; and you're both of you worse than the man who did this foul thing, whoever he may be, and I don't want to know. – Peccavi by E. W. Hornung
  15. But you weren't playing foul and Buller always tells us to go hard and play as rough as we like. – The Loom of Youth by Alec Waugh
  16. Lew Wee didn't tell him he had it in his bag because the driver might know how much it was worth and try foul play on him to get possession of it. – Ma Pettengill by Harry Leon Wilson
  17. " A bit of foul play, if I know anything about such things," replied the other. – The Red Rat's Daughter by Guy Boothby
  18. Is there any answer to the argument that those who have breathed clean air had better decide for those who have breathed foul – Orthodoxy by G. K. Chesterton
  19. It was foul play. – The Knave of Diamonds by Ethel May Dell
  20. I shall be earning an honest living; if I take more than is good for me I may get a broken head and none be the wiser, whereas if I remain here and fall foul of the city watch it would be grief and pain for you. – Bonnie Prince Charlie A Tale of Fontenoy and Culloden by G. A. Henty