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befoul

[bih-foul] /bɪˈfaʊl/
verb (used with object)
1.
to make dirty or filthy; soil; defile; sully:
a bird that befouls its own nest.
Origin of befoul
1275-1325
First recorded in 1275-1325, befoul is from the Middle English word bi-foulen. See be-, foul
Related forms
befouler, noun
befoulment, noun
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befoul

/bɪˈfaʊl/
verb
1.
(transitive) to make dirty or foul; soil; defile
Derived Forms
befouler, noun
befoulment, noun
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befoul

v.

early 14c., from be- + foul (v.). Related: Befouled; befouling.

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