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adj., n., adv., & v. --adj. 1 offensive to the senses; loathsome, stinking. 2 dirty, soiled, filthy. 3 colloq. revolting, disgusting. 4 a containing or charged with noxious matter (foul air). b clogged, choked. 5 morally polluted; disgustingly abusive or offensive (foul language; foul deeds). 6 unfair; against the rules of a game etc. (by fair means or foul). 7 (of the weather) wet, rough, stormy. 8 (of a rope etc.) entangled. 9 (of a ship's bottom) overgrown with weeds, barnacles, etc. --n. 1 Sport an unfair or invalid stroke or piece of play. 2 a collision or entanglement, esp. in riding, rowing, or running. 3 a foul thing. --adv. unfairly; contrary to the rules. --v. 1 tr. & intr. make or become foul or dirty. 2 tr. (of an animal) make dirty with excrement. 3 a tr. Sport commit a foul against (a player). b intr. commit a foul. 4 a tr. (often foll. by up) cause (an anchor, cable, etc.) to become entangled or muddled. b intr. become entangled. 5 tr. jam or block (a crossing, railway line, or traffic). 6 tr. (usu. foll. by up) colloq. spoil or bungle. 7 tr. run foul of; collide with. 8 tr. pollute with guilt; dishonour. Phrases and idioms: foul brood a fatal disease of larval bees caused by bacteria. foul mouth a person who uses foul language. foul play 1 unfair play in games. 2 treacherous or violent activity, esp. murder. foul-up a muddled or bungled situation. Derivatives: foully adv. foulness n. Etymology: OE ful f. Gmc
Foul Foul, n. In various games or sports, an act done contrary to the rules; a foul stroke, hit, play, or the like.
Foul Foul (foul), n. [See Fowl.] A bird. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
Foul Foul (foul), a. [Compar. Fouler (-[~e]r); superl. Foulest.] [OE. foul, ful, AS. f[=u]l; akin to D. vuil, G. faul rotten, OHG. f[=u]l, Icel. f[=u]l foul, fetid; Dan. fuul, Sw. ful foul, Goth. f[=u]ls fetid, Lith. puti to be putrid, L. putere to stink, be putrid, pus pus, Gr. py`on pus, to cause to rot, Skr. p[=u]y to stink. [root]82. Cf. Defile to foul, File to foul, Filth, Pus, Putrid.] 1. 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. My face is foul with weeping. --Job. xvi. 16. 2. Scurrilous; obscene or profane; abusive; as, foul words; foul language. 3. Hateful; detestable; shameful; odious; wretched. ``The foul with Sycorax.'' --Shak. Who first seduced them to that foul revolt? --Milton. 4. Loathsome; disgusting; as, a foul disease. 5. Ugly; homely; poor. [Obs.] --Chaucer. Let us, like merchants, show our foulest wares. --Shak. 6. 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. So foul a sky clears not without a storm. --Shak. 7. Not conformed to the established rules and customs of a game, conflict, test, etc.; unfair; dishonest; dishonorable; cheating; as, foul play. 8. 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.
Foul Foul, v. i. 1. To become clogged with burnt powder in the process of firing, as a gun. 2. To become entagled, as ropes; to come into collision with something; as, the two boats fouled.
Foul Foul, n. 1. An entanglement; a collision, as in a boat race. 2. (Baseball) See Foul ball, under Foul, a.
Foul Foul, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Fouled; p. pr. & vb. n. Fouling.] 1. To make filthy; to defile; to daub; to dirty; to soil; as, to foul the face or hands with mire. 2. (Mil.) To incrust (the bore of a gun) with burnt powder in the process of firing. 3. To cover (a ship's bottom) with anything that impered its sailing; as, a bottom fouled with barnacles. 4. 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.
(fouler, foulest, fouls, fouling, fouled) 1. If you describe something as foul, you mean it is dirty and smells or tastes unpleasant. ...foul polluted water... The smell was quite foul. = disgusting ADJ 2. Foul language is offensive and contains swear words or rude words. He was sent off for using foul language in a match last Sunday... He had a foul mouth. = filthy ADJ: usu ADJ n 3. If someone has a foul temper or is in a foul mood, they become angry or violent very suddenly and easily. Collins was in a foul mood even before the interviews began. = bad ADJ: usu ADJ n 4. Foul weather is unpleasant, windy, and stormy. ADJ 5. If an animal fouls a place, it drops faeces onto the ground. It is an offence to let your dog foul a footpath. VERB: V n 6. In a game or sport, if a player fouls another player, they touch them or block them in a way which is not allowed according to the rules. Middlesbrough's Jimmy Phillips was sent off for fouling Steve Tilson. VERB: V n 7. A foul is an act in a game or sport that is not allowed according to the rules. He picked up his first booking for a 45th-minute foul on Bull. N-COUNT: oft N on n • Foul is also an adjective. ...a foul tackle. ADJ: ADJ n 8. If you fall foul of someone or run foul of them, you do something which gets you into trouble with them. (mainly BRIT) He had fallen foul of the FBI. PHRASE: V inflects, PHR n
foul (raphas; akdthartos):
To foul a plate with a man, to take a dinner with him.
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