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foul - Meaning and Examples

Meaning of 'foul' (Webster Dictionary)

1 . Foul [ n.]
- A bird.
- An entanglement; a collision, as in a boat race.
- See Foul ball, under Foul, a.
2 . Foul [ superl.]
- 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.
- Scurrilous; obscene or profane; abusive; as, foul words; foul language.
- Hateful; detestable; shameful; odious; wretched.
- Loathsome; disgusting; as, a foul disease.
- Ugly; homely; poor.
- 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.
- Not conformed to the established rules and customs of a game, conflict, test, etc.; unfair; dishonest; dishonorable; cheating; as, foul play.
- 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.
3 . Foul [ v. i.]
- To become clogged with burnt powder in the process of firing, as a gun.
- To become entagled, as ropes; to come into collision with something; as, the two boats fouled.
4 . Foul [ v. t.]
- To make filthy; to defile; to daub; to dirty; to soil; as, to foul the face or hands with mire.
- To incrust (the bore of a gun) with burnt powder in the process of firing.
- To cover (a ship's bottom) with anything that impered its sailing; as, a bottom fouled with barnacles.
- 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.

Meaning of 'foul' (Princeton's WordNet)

1 . foul [ v]
Meaning (1):
- make unclean
Example in sentence:
  • foul the water
Meaning (2):
- make impure
Example in sentence:
  • The industrial wastes polluted the lake
Meaning (3):
- become or cause to become obstructed
Example in sentence:
  • The leaves clog our drains in the Fall;
  • The water pipe is backed up
Meaning (4):
- spot, stain, or pollute
Example in sentence:
  • The townspeople defiled the river by emptying raw sewage into it
5 . foul [ s]
Meaning (5):
- violating accepted standards or rules
Example in sentence:
  • a dirty fighter;
  • a nasty unsporting serve;
  • fined for unsportsmanlike behavior;
  • used foul means to gain power
Meaning (6):
- highly offensive; arousing aversion or disgust
Example in sentence:
  • a disgusting smell;
  • a loathsome disease;
  • a wicked stench;
  • distasteful language;
  • revolting food;
  • the idea of eating meat is repellent to me
Meaning (7):
- especially of a ship's lines etc
Example in sentence:
  • a foul anchor;
  • with its sails afoul
Meaning (8):
- offensively malodorous
Example in sentence:
  • a foul odor;
  • the kitchen smelled really funky
Meaning (9):
- disgustingly dirty; filled or smeared with offensive matter
Example in sentence:
  • a foul pond;
  • a nasty pigsty of a room;
  • as filthy as a pigsty
Meaning (10):
- (of a manuscript) defaced with changes
Example in sentence:
  • foul (or dirty) copy
Meaning (11):
- characterized by obscenity
Example in sentence:
  • foul language;
  • had a filthy mouth;
  • smutty jokes