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English adjective: foul

1. foul highly offensive; arousing aversion or disgust


SamplesA disgusting smell.
Distasteful language.
A loathsome disease.
The idea of eating meat is repellent to me.
Revolting food.
A wicked stench.


Synonymsdisgustful, disgusting, distasteful, loathly, loathsome, repellant, repellent, repelling, revolting, skanky, wicked, yucky


Similaroffensive


Antonymsinoffensive

2. foul offensively malodorous


SamplesA foul odor.
The kitchen smelled really funky.


Synonymsfetid, foetid, foul-smelling, funky, ill-scented, noisome, smelly, stinking


Similarill-smelling, malodorous, malodourous, stinky, unpleasant-smelling


Antonymsfragrant

3. foul violating accepted standards or rules


SamplesA dirty fighter.
Used foul means to gain power.
A nasty unsporting serve.
Fined for unsportsmanlike behavior.


Synonymscheating, dirty, unsporting, unsportsmanlike


Similarunfair, unjust


Antonymsfair, just

4. foul (of a baseball) not hit between the foul lines


Similarout-of-bounds


Domain categorybaseball, baseball game


Antonymsfair

5. foul (of a manuscript) defaced with changes


SamplesFoul (or dirty) copy.


Synonymsdirty, marked-up


Similarillegible


Antonymslegible

6. foul characterized by obscenity


SamplesHad a filthy mouth.
Foul language.
Smutty jokes.


Synonymscruddy, filthy, nasty, smutty


Similardirty


Antonymsunobjectionable, clean

7. foul disgustingly dirty; filled or smeared with offensive matter


SamplesAs filthy as a pigsty.
A foul pond.
A nasty pigsty of a room.


Synonymsfilthy, nasty


Similardirty, soiled, unclean


Antonymsclean

8. foul especially of a ship's lines etc


SamplesWith its sails afoul.
A foul anchor.


Synonymsafoul, fouled


Similartangled


Antonymsuntangled


English noun: foul

1. foul (act) an act that violates the rules of a sport


Broader (hypernym)infringement, violation


Narrower (hyponym)foul ball, personal foul, technical, technical foul


Domain categoryathletics, sport


English verb: foul

1. foul (competition) hit a foul ball


Pattern of useSomebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)hit


Narrower (hyponym)foul out


Domain categorybaseball, baseball game

2. foul (change) make impure


SamplesThe industrial wastes polluted the lake.


Synonymscontaminate, pollute


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)begrime, bemire, colly, dirty, grime, soil


Narrower (hyponym)infect, taint

3. foul (contact) become or cause to become obstructed


SamplesThe leaves clog our drains in the Fall.
The water pipe is backed up.


Synonymsback up, choke, choke off, clog, clog up, congest


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)block, close up, impede, jam, obstruct, obturate, occlude


Narrower (hyponym)block, choke up, crap up, gum up, lug, silt, silt up, stuff


Antonymsunclog

4. foul (competition) commit a foul; break the rules


Pattern of useSomebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)play


Narrower (hyponym)hack, hack

5. foul (change) spot, stain, or pollute


SamplesThe townspeople defiled the river by emptying raw sewage into it.


Synonymsbefoul, defile, maculate


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)attaint, disgrace, dishonor, dishonour, shame

6. foul (change) make unclean


SamplesFoul the water.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)begrime, bemire, colly, dirty, grime, soil

7. foul (change) become soiled and dirty


Pattern of useSomething ----s


Broader (hypernym)change









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