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.
SYNONYMS FOR foul
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Idioms for foul
- to collide with, as ships.
- to come into conflict with; quarrel.
- to make an attack; assault.
Origin of foul
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OTHER WORDS FROM foul
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH foulfoul , fowl
Example sentences from the Web for foul
During the 1972-73 season, when he was named Coach of the Year, he was whistled for more than 20 technical fouls.Tom Heinsohn, mainstay of Boston Celtics dynasty as player, coach, dies at 86|Matt Schudel|November 11, 2020|Washington Post
Meanwhile, the network’s opinion hosts, who have close relationships with the president, have been suggesting that there was some foul play.Fox News cuts away from Kayleigh McEnany news conference after she alleges vote fraud with no evidence|Elahe Izadi, Sarah Ellison|November 9, 2020|Washington Post
Because he is so big and so strong, defenders’ contact is less likely to affect him, and therefore officials are less likely to call fouls on him.Seahawks star DK Metcalf is impossible to miss. So how did the NFL miss on him?|Adam Kilgore|November 6, 2020|Washington Post
The number of foul balls surpassed balls in play in 2017, and more balls were hit out of play than in play for the fourth consecutive season this year.The Postseason Is A Two-Strike Game, And Other Observations From The MLB Playoffs|Travis Sawchik|October 9, 2020|FiveThirtyEight
When scavenging, bones with clinging rotten meat or a foul decayed smell should be avoided.Bone broth will sustain you at home and in the wild. Here’s how to make it.|By Tim MacWelch/Outdoor Life|October 5, 2020|Popular Science
Instead, she fouled out by trying to defend Obama and downplay the deportation crisis.
The AHA stepped up to the plate, but instead of an out-of-the-ballpark home run, it fouled out.
He once fouled Barack on the Harvard Law School basketball courts, but voted for him in 2008.Meet Anthony Scaramucci, Mitt's Man on Wall Street|Alex Klein|August 30, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Americans long for a straight-talking businessman who can save the country from the political class that fouled everything up.
You've fouled up our plans with your meddling down in New Orleans.The Ambassador|Samuel Kimball Merwin
The brook was fouled near the highroad from the passing of heavy carts and wagons, so Robin pushed down it into the thicker wood.Robin Hood|Paul Creswick
Don't let the punt swing round like that, man, I was nearly over, and my tackle's fouled.
While they were setting up the tent the lines for the gasolene tank got fouled in the block at the top of the centre pole.Whispering Smith|Frank H. Spearman
Or if the ice on which she floated, fouled some other berg it might cost us all our spars.The Frozen Pirate|W. Clark Russell
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