befoul

[ bih-foul ]
/ bɪˈfaʊl /

verb (used with object)

to make dirty or filthy; soil; defile; sully: a bird that befouls its own nest.

Nearby words

  1. before the wind,
  2. before you can say jack robinson,
  3. before you know it,
  4. beforehand,
  5. beforetime,
  6. befriend,
  7. befuddle,
  8. beg,
  9. beg off,
  10. beg the question

Origin of befoul

First recorded in 1275–1325, befoul is from the Middle English word bi-foulen. See be-, foul

Related formsbe·foul·er, nounbe·foul·ment, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for befoul

befoul

/ (bɪˈfaʊl) /

verb

(tr) to make dirty or foul; soil; defile
Derived Formsbefouler, nounbefoulment, noun

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Word Origin and History for befoul

befoul

v.

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

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