noun (used with a singular verb) Veterinary Pathology.
Definition for fouls (2 of 2)
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
Can be confusedfoul fowl
Examples from the Web for fouls
He fouls off two pitches then drives one to the grass just past the infield.
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|Kevin Fallon|April 29, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Three fouls on Kings big man Lawrence Funderburke in just six minutes.Did NBA Referees Snatch Destiny From The Sacramento Kings?|Matt Gallagher|June 6, 2012|DAILY BEAST
One expects a man to fight fair by instinct, and to turn to fouls—if he does—in desperation only.Space Platform|Murray Leinster
There should be a judge of fouls for each team and two judges at finish.
We have a saying that it is an ill bird that fouls his own nest.The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 11 (of 25)|Robert Louis Stevenson
He wanted to know what fouls were, and how to steal bases, and he was nonplussed by such terms as “hit-and-run.”The Young Pitcher|Zane Grey
The judges, one for each side, should watch for fouls and report points made by their respective sides to their scorers.
British Dictionary definitions for fouls
- 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 fouls
In addition to the idioms beginning with foul
- foul one's nest
- foul play
- foul up
- run afoul of