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Definition of Foul


  1. A bird.
  2. Covered with, or containing, extraneous matter which is injurious, noxious, offensive, or obstructive; filthy; dirty; not clean; polluted; nasty; defiled; as, a foul cloth; foul hands; a foul chimney; foul air; a ship's bottom is foul when overgrown with barnacles; a gun becomes foul from repeated firing; a well is foul with polluted water.
  3. Scurrilous; obscene or profane; abusive; as, foul words; foul language.
  4. Hateful; detestable; shameful; odious; wretched.
  5. Loathsome; disgusting; as, a foul disease.
  6. Ugly; homely; poor.
  7. Not favorable; unpropitious; not fair or advantageous; as, a foul wind; a foul road; cloudy or rainy; stormy; not fair; -- said of the weather, sky, etc.
  8. Not conformed to the established rules and customs of a game, conflict, test, etc.; unfair; dishonest; dishonorable; cheating; as, foul play.
  9. Having freedom of motion interfered with by collision or entanglement; entangled; -- opposed to clear; as, a rope or cable may get foul while paying it out.
  10. To make filthy; to defile; to daub; to dirty; to soil; as, to foul the face or hands with mire.
  11. To incrust (the bore of a gun) with burnt powder in the process of firing.
  12. To cover (a ship's bottom) with anything that impered its sailing; as, a bottom fouled with barnacles.
  13. To entangle, so as to impede motion; as, to foul a rope or cable in paying it out; to come into collision with; as, one boat fouled the other in a race.
  14. To become clogged with burnt powder in the process of firing, as a gun.
  15. To become entagled, as ropes; to come into collision with something; as, the two boats fouled.
  16. An entanglement; a collision, as in a boat race.
  17. See Foul ball, under Foul, a.
  18. In various games or sports, an act done contrary to the rules; a foul stroke, hit, play, or the like.

Foul Quotations

So foul and fair a day I have not seen.
William Shakespeare

I asked a ref if he could give me a technical foul for thinking bad things about him. He said, of course not. I said, well, I think you stink. And he gave me a technical. You can't trust em.
Jim Valvano

In fair weather prepare for foul.
Thomas Fuller

All existing things are really one. We regard those that are beautiful and rare as valuable, and those that are ugly as foul and rotten The foul and rotten may come to be transformed into what is rare and valuable, and the rare and valuable into what is foul and rotten.

Every man has a rainy corner of his life whence comes foul weather which follows him.
Jean Paul
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Foul Translations

foul in Dutch is vuil, smerig
foul in Italian is fangoso
foul in Latin is turpis, foedis-e, immundus, immunda
foul in Portuguese is sujo

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