befoul

[bih-foul]

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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Related Words for befouled

defile, pollute, soil, malign, slander, dirty, corrupt, stain

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British Dictionary definitions for befouled

befoul

verb
  1. (tr) to make dirty or foul; soil; defile
Derived Formsbefouler, nounbefoulment, noun
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Word Origin and History for befouled

befoul

v.

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

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