adjective, foul·er, foul·est.
- (of the underwater portion of a hull) encrusted and impeded with barnacles, seaweed, etc.
- (of a mooring place) involving inconveniences and dangers, as of colliding with vessels or other objects when swinging with the tide.
- (of the bottom of a body of water) affording a poor hold for an anchor (opposed to clean).
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- Baseball. to be put out by hitting a foul ball caught on the fly by a player on the opposing team.
- Basketball. to be expelled from a game for having committed more fouls than is allowed.
Words nearby foul
Idioms for foul
- to collide with, as ships.
- to come into conflict with; quarrel.
- to make an attack; assault.
Origin of foul
SYNONYMS FOR foul
OTHER WORDS FROM foul
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH foulfoul fowl
synonym study for foul
Examples from the Web for foul
Father Joel Román Salazar died in a car crash in 2013; his death was ruled an accident, but the suspicion of foul play persists.
Miller took particular exception to a post in which Kelley had worried she might fall victim to foul play.
She paints the current rodent situation as more than a foul inconvenience, and one that is a particular blight on poorer areas.
Shahid quietly asked her to lift a finger if foul play had been at work.
The two alleged ambassadors spiced their jokes with foul language.Just Joking? Bugged Russian Ambassadors Want to Annex Alaska and Miami|Anna Nemtsova|April 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But my ships are foul with the long passage, and are in need of a careen.The Lost Continent|C. J. Cutcliffe Hyne
The affair, indeed, seems to have been utterly indefensible, and must ever remain a foul blot upon Spanish honor.By Right of Conquest|G. A. Henty
We are here; and whilst this is close to you no foul thing can approach.Dracula|Bram Stoker
But, when he asks her forgiveness, she overwhelms him with foul abuse.Tolstoy|L. Winstanley
Our principal object is the verdict, which will remove the foul aspersion cast on my injured client, and restore him to society.Hard Cash|Charles Reade
British Dictionary definitions for foul
- a violation of the rules
- (as modifier)a foul shot; a foul blow
- to come into conflict with
- nautical to come into collision with
Derived forms of foulfoully, adverb
Word Origin for foul
Idioms and Phrases with foul
In addition to the idioms beginning with foul
- foul one's nest
- foul play
- foul up
- run afoul of