Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “foul”

See all translations

foul

adjective [-er/-est only]  /fɑʊl/ us  

foul adjective [-er/-est only] (UNPLEASANT)

extremely unpleasant: a foul odor a foul mood They were using foul language (= rude or offensive language).

foul

noun [C]  /fɑʊl/ us  

foul noun [C] (SPORTS)

(esp. in basketball ) an act that is against the rules of a sport, sometimes causing injury to another player, or a punishment given to a player for breaking the rules: an intentional foul a flagrant foul In baseball, foul also means foul ball

foul

verb  /fɑʊl/ us  

foul verb (MAKE DIRTY)

[T] to pollute something or make it dirty: The oil slick fouled the California coastline.

foul verb (SPORTS)

[I/T] to commit a foul against another player: [T] Sahlstrom was fouled after the shot.
Phrasal verbs
(Definition of foul from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of foul?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “foul” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

shampoo

a liquid used for washing hair, or for washing particular objects or materials

Word of the Day

The way we move (Verbs for walking and running)

by Kate Woodford,
March 25, 2015
​​​ This week we’re looking at interesting ways to describe the way that people move. Most of the verbs that we’ll be considering describe how fast or slow people move. Others describe the attitude or state of mind of the person walking or running. Some describe both. Starting with verbs for walking slowly,

Read More 

crossfit noun

March 23, 2015
high-intensity strength training Two women in strappy dresses discussed how much weight they could snatch

Read More