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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



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


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


Domain categorybaseball, baseball game


5. foul (of a manuscript) defaced with changes

SamplesFoul (or dirty) copy.

Synonymsdirty, marked-up



6. foul characterized by obscenity

SamplesHad a filthy mouth.
Foul language.
Smutty jokes.

Synonymscruddy, filthy, nasty, smutty


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


8. foul especially of a ship's lines etc

SamplesWith its sails afoul.
A foul anchor.

Synonymsafoul, fouled



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


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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