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  1. Covered with, or containing, extraneous matter which is injurious, noxious, offensive, or obstructive; filthy; dirty; unclean; polluted; nasty; defiled; as, a foul cloth; foul hands; a foul chimney; foul air; a ship's bottom is foul when overgrown with barnacles; a gun becomes foul from repeated firing; a well is foul with polluted water.
    Cap'n, she's all fouled up.
  2. Scurrilous; obscene or profane; abusive; as, foul words; foul language.
    The rascal spewed forth a series of foul pronouncements.
  3. Hateful; detestable; shameful; odious; wretched.
    He has a foul set of friends.
  4. Loathsome; disgusting; as, a foul disease.
    This foul food is making me wretch.
  5. Ugly; homely; poor.
  6. Not favorable; unpropitious; not fair or advantageous; as, a foul wind; a foul road; cloudy or rainy; stormy; not fair; -- said of the weather, sky, etc.
    Some foul weather is brewing.
  7. Not conformed to the established rules and customs of a game, conflict, test, etc.; unfair; dishonest; dishonorable; cheating; as, foul play.
    Foul play is not suspected.


From Middle English, from Old English fūl (“foul, unclean, impure, vile, corrupt, rotten, guilty”), from Proto-Germanic *fūlaz (“foul, rotten”), from Proto-Indo-European *pū- (“to rot”). Cognate with Dutch vuil (“foul”), German faul (“rotten, putrid”), Danish and Swedish ful (“foul”), and through Indo-European, with Albanian fëlliq (“filth,dirt”), Latin puter (“rotten”). More at putrid.

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