befoul

[ bih-foul ]
/ bɪˈfaʊl /
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verb (used with object)

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

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Origin of befoul

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

OTHER WORDS FROM befoul

be·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 forms of befoul

befouler, nounbefoulment, noun
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