of or relating to motion-picture sound effects produced manually: a Foley artist.

Origin of Foley

after Jack Foley, sound-effect pioneer at Universal Pictures in the 1930s Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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  • Foley had determined to master this secret of iron-splitting, and he would yet do it.


    Samuel Smiles

  • Like Foley, Phipps proved more fortunate in his second voyage than in his first.


    Samuel Smiles

  • The vessel that approached the third, was the Thunderer, Captain Foley.

    The Two Admirals

    J. Fenimore Cooper

  • This enabled Foley, Hood, and one or two more to pass that fast ship.

    The Two Admirals

    J. Fenimore Cooper

  • Francis, tell Foley I'll be in the manager's office in five minutes.

    Wandl the Invader

    Raymond King Cummings

British Dictionary definitions for foley


foley artist


films the US name for footsteps editor

Word Origin for foley

C20: named after J.D. Foley (1891-1967), US sound editor
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