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adj. foul·er, foul·est
a. Offensive to the senses; revolting: "a foul little creature with greedy eyes and slobbering mouth" (J.R.R. Tolkien).
b. Having a bad odor or taste: foul breath; food that tasted foul.
c. Rotten or putrid: foul meat.
a. Containing dirt, impurities, or other foreign matter; foul water.
b. Clogged or bestrewn with unwanted material: The bay is foul with old sunken vessels.
c. Overgrown or encrusted with weeds, barnacles, or other organisms. Used of a ship's bottom.
d. Entangled or enwrapped: a foul anchor.
a. Morally detestable; wicked: foul deeds.
b. Vulgar or obscene: foul language.
c. Violating accepted standards or rules; dishonorable: used foul means to gain power.
a. Very disagreeable or displeasing; horrid: a foul movie.
b. Inclement or unfavorable: in fair weather or foul.
c. Irritable or upset: in a foul mood.
a. Sports Contrary to the rules of a game or sport: a foul boxing punch.
b. Baseball Outside the foul lines: a foul fly ball.
6. Marked with editorial changes or corrections: foul copy.
7. Archaic Ugly; unattractive.
1. Abbr. F
a. Sports An infraction or a violation of the rules of play.
b. Baseball A foul ball.
2. An entanglement or a collision.
3. An instance of clogging or obstructing.
4. A foul copy of a document.
In a foul manner.
v. fouled, foul·ing, fouls
1. To make dirty or foul; pollute. See Synonyms at contaminate.
2. To bring into dishonor; besmirch.
3. To clog or obstruct.
4. To entangle or catch (a rope, for example).
5. To encrust (a ship's hull) with foreign matter, such as barnacles.
a. Sports To commit a foul against.
b. Baseball To hit (a ball) outside the foul lines.
1. To become foul.
a. Sports To commit a foul.
b. Baseball To hit a ball outside the foul lines: fouled twice and then struck out; fouled out to the catcher.
3. To become entangled or twisted: The anchor line fouled on a rock.
4. To become clogged or obstructed.
Sports To be put out of a game for exceeding the number of permissible fouls.
To blunder or cause to blunder because of mistakes or poor judgment.
1. the state or quality of being foul
2. obscenity; vulgarity
3. viciousness or inhumanity
4. foul matter; filth
(Placename) a flat marshy island in SE England, in Essex north of the Thames estuary
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|Noun||1.||foulness - disgusting wickedness and immorality; "he understood the foulness of sin"; "his display of foulness deserved severe punishment"; "mouths which speak such foulness must be cleansed"|
|2.||foulness - a state characterized by foul or disgusting dirt and refuse|
unsanitariness - a state that is not conducive to health
|3.||foulness - (of weather) the badness of the weather; "they were wearied with the foulness of the weather"|
|4.||foulness - the attribute of having a strong offensive smell|
aroma, odor, olfactory property, odour, smell, scent - any property detected by the olfactory system
1. The condition or state of being dirty:
(= disgusting nature, of place, food, taste, smell, breath) → Widerlichkeit f; (of water) → Fauligkeit f; (of air) → Stickigkeit f
(= dreadfulness) (of behaviour, crime) → Abscheulichkeit f; (of day, weather) → Scheußlichkeit f (inf); the foulness of his behaviour (Brit) or behavior (US) to her, his foulness to her → sein gemeines Verhalten or seine Gemeinheit ihr gegenüber; the foulness of her mood → ihre ganz üble Laune; the foulness of her temper → ihre schreckliche Übellaunigkeit
(of language) → Unflätigkeit f