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.
- to collide with, as ships.
- to come into conflict with; quarrel.
- to make an attack; assault.
Origin of foul
SYNONYMS FOR foul
Can be confusedfoul fowl
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 Formsfoully, 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