- (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).
- 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.
OTHER WORDS FOR foul
OPPOSITES FOR foul
Idioms about foul
- to collide with, as ships.
- to come into conflict with; quarrel.
- to make an attack; assault.
Origin of foul
synonym study for foul
OTHER WORDS FROM foul
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH foulfoul , fowl
Words nearby foul
How to use foul in a sentence
Entering through a window, Mono emerges into a foul kitchen where insects buzz over towering dirty dishes.‘Little Nightmares II’: A hypnotic, dark fairy tale|Christopher Byrd|February 9, 2021|Washington Post
Jamorko Pickett posted 12 points, eight rebounds and three assists, and Chudier Bile also scored 12 points before fouling out.Georgetown continues to play well but falls short in the end against Villanova|Kareem Copeland|February 7, 2021|Washington Post
We all have to go in and rebound and take an offensive foul.Wizards’ defense falters again in a 119-97 loss to the Hornets|Ava Wallace|February 7, 2021|Washington Post
The 22-year-old forward didn’t shoot well and flubbed fouling Heat center Bam Adebayo when the big man caught the ball on an inbounds pass during the last play of the game with the Washington Wizards up three.Rui Hachimura and Deni Avdija are regaining their footing after missing so much time|Ava Wallace|February 4, 2021|Washington Post
Justyn Mutts added 17 points, and Hunter Cattoor scored 12 before fouling out.Pitt pulls away from Virginia Tech in second half|Gene Wang|February 4, 2021|Washington Post
Father Joel Román Salazar died in a car crash in 2013; his death was ruled an accident, but the suspicion of foul play persists.Mexico’s Priests Are Marked for Murder|Jason McGahan|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Malcolm Tucker, a foul-mouthed political advisor, was the role that turned Capaldi into a household name in Britain.Doctor Who: It’s Time For a Black, Asian, or Woman Doctor|Nico Hines|December 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Foul-mouthed chauvinist who flirted with chicks in a hot tub or celebrity-friendly sociopolitical satirist?Canada’s Subversive Sock Puppet: Ed the Sock Isn’t Afraid to Say Anything|Soraya Roberts|November 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Playing the foul-mouthed bad character will become as predictable and counter-intuitive as a playing a thousand Joeys.How Can Katie Holmes Escape Tom Cruise—and ‘Dawson’s Creek’?|Tim Teeman|October 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Miller took particular exception to a post in which Kelley had worried she might fall victim to foul play.The Mystery Woman Who Tried to Outdo Dillinger|Michael Daly|September 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Two years later this promising recruit, having fallen foul of the military authorities, had to leave the service under a cloud.Napoleon's Marshals|R. P. Dunn-Pattison
But I have some more foul way to trot through still, in your Epistles and Satyrs, &c.A Letter from Mr. Cibber to Mr. Pope|Colley Cibber
After he was securely bound he was forced to stand while the two, with foul epithets, hung the body of the corporal over the road.The Courier of the Ozarks|Byron A. Dunn
Without warning, we found ourselves foul of a picket-line, and the vague forms of grazing horses loomed close by.Raw Gold|Bertrand W. Sinclair
But it was strongly rumoured that there had been foul play, peculation, even forgery.The History of England from the Accession of James II.|Thomas Babington Macaulay
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
Other Idioms and Phrases with foul
In addition to the idioms beginning with foul
- foul one's nest
- foul play
- foul up
- run afoul of