Nearby words

  1. foudres,
  2. foudroyant,
  3. fouetté,
  4. fought,
  5. foujita,
  6. foul ball,
  7. foul line,
  8. foul marten,
  9. foul matter,
  10. foul one's nest

Idioms

Origin of foul

before 900; (adj. and noun) Middle English ful, foul, Old English fūl; cognate with Gothic fuls, Old Norse fūll, Old High German fūl; akin to Latin pūs pus, pūtēre to stink, Greek pýon pus; (adv.) Middle English fule, foule, derivative of the adj.; (v.) Middle English fulen, derivative of the adj.

Related forms
Can be confusedfoul fowl

Synonym study

3. See dirty.

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British Dictionary definitions for foul
See also foul up

Derived Formsfoully, adverb

Word Origin for foul

Old English fūl; related to Old Norse fūll, Gothic fūls smelling offensively, Latin pūs pus, Greek puol pus

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Word Origin and History for foul
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Idioms and Phrases with foul

foul

In addition to the idioms beginning with foul

  • foul one's nest
  • foul play
  • foul up

also see:

  • run afoul of
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