fouling

[ fou-ling ]
/ ˈfaʊ lɪŋ /

noun

an encrusted deposit, especially on a submerged object, as the hull of a ship.

Origin of fouling

1350–1400; Middle English foulinge; see foul, -ing1

OTHER WORDS FROM fouling

non·foul·ing, adjective

Definition for fouling (2 of 2)

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.

OTHER WORDS FROM foul

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH foul

foul fowl

synonym study for foul

3. See dirty.
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British Dictionary definitions for fouling

See also foul up

Derived forms of foul

foully, 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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Idioms and Phrases with fouling

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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