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 foully
This is a fair church, with a large cloister on the south side thereof about their churchyard, but foully defaced and ruinated.The Survey of London|John Stow
Foully robbed of her husbands love, what charm has life in this world left for her?Elsie at Ion|Martha Finley
Blood it is, foully and fearfully shed, as foully and fearfully avenged.The Abbot|Sir Walter Scott
And if he shall prove to have been foully treated his death shall not go unredressed.Historic Tales, Vol 14 (of 15)|Charles Morris
He's the veree one that jilted me most foully—went off and wed thatt one in England when he should have wedded me.A Bottle in the Smoke|Milne Rae
British Dictionary definitions for foully
- 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 foully
In addition to the idioms beginning with foul
- foul one's nest
- foul play
- foul up
- run afoul of