noun (used with a singular verb) Veterinary Pathology.
Origin of fouls
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.
Origin of foul
Synonyms for foul
Antonyms for foul
Examples from the Web for fouls
Contemporary Examples of fouls
He fouls off two pitches then drives one to the grass just past the infield.Murray Kempton on The Homecoming of Willie Mays
March 31, 2014
In the 2006–07 season, for example, he committed 273 fouls, but scored just 169 points.Meet Jason Collins, the First Gay Athlete in Major American Sports
April 29, 2013
Three fouls on Kings big man Lawrence Funderburke in just six minutes.Did NBA Referees Snatch Destiny From The Sacramento Kings?
June 6, 2012
Historical Examples of fouls
"—fouls the second ball into the screen," the announcer said.The Aggravation of Elmer
Robert Andrew Arthur
There ain't goin' to be no hittin' after the clinch, and if there's any fouls, you leave it to me.Shorty McCabe
There's a vulgar proverb about the bird that fouls its own nest, you know.The History of Sir Richard Calmady
The teams win in the order of finishing if there be no fouls.Games for the Playground, Home, School and Gymnasium
Jessie H. Bancroft
Then two fouls were called simultaneously--and both on Dolorez Vincez.Jane Allen: Center
- a violation of the rules
- (as modifier)a foul shot; a foul blow
- to come into conflict with
- nauticalto come into collision with
Word Origin for foul
Old English ful "rotten, unclean, vile, corrupt, offensive to the senses," from Proto-Germanic *fulaz (cf. Old Saxon and Old Frisian ful, Middle Dutch voul, Dutch vuil, Old High German fül, German faul, Gothic füls), from root *fu-, corresponding to PIE *pu-, perhaps from the sound made in reaction to smelling something bad (cf. Sanskrit puyati "rots, stinks," putih "foul, rotten;" Greek puon "discharge from a sore;" Latin pus "putrid matter," putere "to stink," putridus "rotten;" Lithuanian puviu "to rot").
Old English ful occasionally meant "ugly" (as contrasted with fæger (adj.), modern fair (adj.)), a sense frequently found in Middle English, and the cognate in Swedish is the usual word for "ugly." Of weather, first recorded late 14c. In the sporting sense of "irregular, unfair" it is first attested 1797, though foul play is recorded from mid-15c. Baseball sense of "out of play" attested by 1860. Foulmart was a Middle English word for "polecat" (from Old English mearð "marten").
Old English fulian "to become foul, rot," from ful (see foul (adj.)). Related: Fouled; fouling.
In addition to the idioms beginning with foul
- foul one's nest
- foul play
- foul up
- run afoul of