Synonyms of foul


1. foul, violation, infringement

usage: an act that violates the rules of a sport


1. foul, hit

usage: hit a foul ball

2. pollute, foul, contaminate, dirty, soil, begrime, grime, colly, bemire

usage: make impure; "The industrial wastes polluted the lake"

3. clog, choke off, clog up, back up, congest, choke, foul, obstruct, obturate, impede, occlude, jam, block, close up

usage: become or cause to become obstructed; "The leaves clog our drains in the Fall"; "The water pipe is backed up"

4. foul, play

usage: commit a foul; break the rules

5. foul, befoul, defile, maculate, dishonor, disgrace, dishonour, attaint, shame

usage: spot, stain, or pollute; "The townspeople defiled the river by emptying raw sewage into it"

6. foul, dirty, soil, begrime, grime, colly, bemire

usage: make unclean; "foul the water"

7. foul, change

usage: become soiled and dirty


1. disgusting, disgustful, distasteful, foul, loathly, loathsome, repellent, repellant, repelling, revolting, skanky, wicked, yucky, offensive (vs. inoffensive)

usage: highly offensive; arousing aversion or disgust; "a disgusting smell"; "distasteful language"; "a loathsome disease"; "the idea of eating meat is repellent to me"; "revolting food"; "a wicked stench"

2. fetid, foetid, foul, foul-smelling, funky, noisome, smelly, stinking, ill-scented, malodorous (vs. fragrant), malodourous, unpleasant-smelling, ill-smelling, stinky

usage: offensively malodorous; "a foul odor"; "the kitchen smelled really funky"

3. cheating(prenominal), dirty, foul, unsporting, unsportsmanlike, unfair (vs. fair), unjust

usage: violating accepted standards or rules; "a dirty fighter"; "used foul means to gain power"; "a nasty unsporting serve"; "fined for unsportsmanlike behavior"

4. foul (vs. fair), out-of-bounds

usage: (of a baseball) not hit between the foul lines

5. dirty, foul, marked-up, illegible (vs. legible)

usage: (of a manuscript) defaced with changes; "foul (or dirty) copy"

6. cruddy, filthy, foul, nasty, smutty, dirty (vs. clean)

usage: characterized by obscenity; "had a filthy mouth"; "foul language"; "smutty jokes"

7. filthy, foul, nasty, dirty (vs. clean), soiled, unclean

usage: disgustingly dirty; filled or smeared with offensive matter; "as filthy as a pigsty"; "a foul pond"; "a nasty pigsty of a room"

8. afoul(postnominal), foul, fouled, tangled (vs. untangled)

usage: especially of a ship's lines etc; "with its sails afoul"; "a foul anchor"

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Definition and meaning of foul (Dictionary)