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Definition of Foul

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

I don't think that I could have survived in my family without a naughty sense of humor; yeah, absolutely. I think my brother and I both get our senses of humor from our parents. I mean, my mother was absolutely hilarious and foul. She had the most ridiculously off color sense of humor, so that was sort of what we grew up with.
Rachael MacFarlane

To err is human, but to really foul things up you need a computer.
Paul R. Ehrlich

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

Temperance is moderation in the things that are good and total abstinence from the things that are foul.
Frances E. Willard

He that has light within his own clear breast May sit in the centre, and enjoy bright day: But he that hides a dark soul and foul thoughts Benighted walks under the mid-day sun; Himself his own dungeon.
John Milton
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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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