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foul

foul

 
 
pronunciation:
faUl
parts of speech:
adjective, noun, verb
phrases:
foul up
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part of speech: adjective
inflections: fouler, foulest
definition 1: very unpleasant to taste, smell, or look at.
What is that foul odor?
 
synonyms:
offensive, rank
antonyms:
delightful, fragrant, pleasant
similar words:
corrupt, decayed, decomposed, disgusting, loathsome, musty, nasty, obnoxious, spoiled
definition 2: very dirty or muddy.
They found the old woman living in a foul apartment.
synonyms:
dirty, filthy, muddy
similar words:
bedraggled, grubby, impure, polluted
definition 3: cloudy, rainy, or otherwise unpleasant.
The weather has been really foul lately.
synonyms:
disagreeable, dreadful, rotten, stormy, terrible, unpleasant
antonyms:
fair, pleasant
similar words:
dirty, loathsome, rainy, wet
definition 4: very bad; not fair; evil.
Kicking the puppy was a foul act.
synonyms:
crooked, dirty, immoral, obscene, unfair
similar words:
abominable, coarse, corrupt, dishonest, indecent, nasty, shady, vulgar
definition 5: falling outside of the lines that mark an area for fair play in a sport.
He hit a foul ball.
 
part of speech: noun
definition 1: a failure to play by the rules of a game or sport.
The referee said that pushing is a foul.
similar words:
breach
definition 2: a ball hit outside of the lines that mark the area for fair play in baseball or softball; foul ball.
 
part of speech: verb
inflections: fouled, fouling, fouls
definition 1: to make dirty or put dirt in or on.
He fouled his jeans in the mud.
synonyms:
contaminate, dirty, pollute, soil
similar words:
poison, smudge
definition 2: to entangle or catch.
She fouled her hair in the telephone cord.
synonyms:
entangle, snarl, tangle
similar words:
snare
definition 3: to commit a foul against in a game or sport.
He fouled me when I tried to shoot a basket.
definition 4: to hit a foul ball in baseball or softball.
He fouled three times before he finally hit a fair ball.
phrase: foul up
derivations: foully (adv.), foulness (n.)
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Are you looking for the word fowl (a bird). Foul and fowl sound alike but have different meanings.
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