Definitions of foul

  1. Hateful; detestable; shameful; odious; wretched.
  2. characterized by obscenity; " had a filthy mouth"; " foul language"; " smutty jokes"
  3. Foully.
  4. To come into collision:- pr. p. fouling; pa. p. fouled'.
  5. commit a foul; break the rules
  6. ( sports) an act that violates of the rules of the sport
  7. To become dirty; in baseball. Etc.; to make a foul play.
  8. Ugly; homely; poor.
  9. Unclean; impure; disgusting; offensive; stormy; unfair; in collision with; entangled.
  10. Into collision; to an attack.
  11. Not clean; offensive; dirty; coarse; disgraceful; rainy or tempestuous- applied to weather; entangled; dangerous.
  12. Filthy: loathsome: profane: impure: stormy: unfair: running against: entangled.
  13. especially of a ship's lines etc; " with its sails afoul"; " a foul anchor"
  14. An unfair or wrong play in football, etc.
  15. 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.
  16. Offensive; loathsome; filthy.
  17. See Foul ball, under Foul, a.
  18. To become entagled, as ropes; to come into collision with something; as, the two boats fouled.
  19. become foul or dirty
  20. In various games or sports, an act done contrary to the rules; a foul stroke, hit, play, or the like.
  21. hit a foul ball
  22. thoroughly unpleasant; " filthy ( or foul or nasty or vile) weather we're having"
  23. 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.
  24. To make dirty; defile; come into collision with.
  25. To cover ( a ship's bottom) with anything that impered its sailing; as, a bottom fouled with barnacles.
  26. 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.
  27. Offensive, morally or physically; dirty; impure; loathsome; disgraceful; unfair; cloudy and stormy; contrary, as a wind; entangled, as an anchor.
  28. Loathsome; disgusting; as, a foul disease.
  29. To make filthy; to defile; to daub; to dirty; to soil; as, to foul the face or hands with mire.
  30. 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.
  31. To collide ( with); make or become foul or dirty; commit a breach of rule.
  32. ( informal) thoroughly unpleasant; " filthy ( or foul or nasty or vile) weather we're having"
  33. spot, stain, or pollute; " The townspeople defiled the river by emptying raw sewage into it"
  34. make impure; " The industrial wastes polluted the lake"
  35. Foulness.
  36. make unclean; " foul the water"
  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. become soiled and dirty
  39. An entanglement; a collision, as in a boat race.
  40. ( of a manuscript) defaced with changes; " foul ( or dirty) copy"
  41. become or cause to become obstructed; " The leaves clog our drains in the Fall"; " The water pipe is backed up"
  42. To make filthy; to defile; to soil; to bring into collision.
  43. To make foul; entangle.
  44. 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.
  45. Scurrilous; obscene or profane; abusive; as, foul words; foul language.
  46. See ball, under Foul, a.
  47. To incrust ( the bore of a gun) with burnt powder in the process of firing.
  48. Not conformed to the established rules and customs of a game, conflict, test, etc.; unfair; dishonest; dishonorable; cheating; as, foul play.
  49. Obstructing, entangling, or injuring; unfair.
  50. ( of a baseball) not hit between the foul lines
  51. 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.
  52. an act that violates of the rules of a sport
  53. To make filthy; to defile.
  54. An act of fouling; a collision; breach of rule.
  55. 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"
  56. To become clogged with burnt powder in the process of firing, as a gun.
  57. A bird.

Usage examples for foul

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. It was foul play. – The Knave of Diamonds by Ethel May Dell
  10. I think she can be brought back to health by foul means, but not by fair. – Fernley House by Laura E. Richards
  11. 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
  12. " There's foul weather coming out at sea," said their father. – Growth of the Soil by Knut Hamsun
  13. The air was foul. – The Boy With the U.S. Miners by Francis Rolt-Wheeler
  14. 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
  15. Foul play, Mr. Beckwith? – Lore of Proserpine by Maurice Hewlett
  16. " A bit of foul play, if I know anything about such things," replied the other. – The Red Rat's Daughter by Guy Boothby
  17. 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