foul ADJECTIVE 1) having an offensive smell or taste; causing disgust. 2) very disagreeable or unpleasant. 3) morally offensive; wicked or obscene. 4) done contrary to the rules of a sport. 5) polluted or contaminated. 6) (foul with) clogged or choked with.
NOUN 1) (in sport) an unfair or invalid piece of play. 2) a collision or entanglement in riding, rowing, or running.
VERB 1) make foul; pollute. 2) (of an animal) dirty with excrement. 3) (in sport) commit a foul against. 4) (foul up) make a mistake with; spoil. 5) (of a ship) collide with or interfere with the passage of (another). 6) cause (a cable, anchor, etc.) to become entangled or jammed.
DERIVATIVES foully adverb foulness noun.
ORIGIN Old English.

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