• "Choked and strangled by the foul breath of the chimneys over there."
    "Choked and strangled by the foul breath of the chimneys over there."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n foulness the attribute of having a strong offensive smell
    • n foulness (of weather) the badness of the weather "they were wearied with the foulness of the weather"
    • n foulness a state characterized by foul or disgusting dirt and refuse
    • n 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"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Basketball great Wilt Chamberlain never fouled out of a game
    • n Foulness The quality or condition of being foul.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The blow of a whale has a strong, foul odor. It apparently smells like a combination of spoiled fish and old oil. Because whales have such terrible breath, sailors believed at one time that a whiff of it could cause brain disorders.
    • n foulness The quality or state of being foul or filthy; impurity; filthiness; defilement; pollution; corruption: as, the foulness of a cellar or of a well; the foulness of a musket: the foulness of a, ship's bottom.
    • n foulness Ugliness; deformity.
    • n foulness Unfairness; dishonesty; atrociousness; villainy; treachery; abusiveness; scurrility: as, the foulness of a blow or a scheme; the foulness of a slander or crime.
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  • William Shakespeare
    “For nothing can seem foul to those that win.”
  • Theodore Roosevelt
    “Don't foul, don't flinch. Hit the line hard.”
  • Henry Ward Beecher
    “Interest works night and day in fair weather and in foul. It gnaws at a man's substance with invisible teeth.”
  • Samuel Butler
    “Evil is like water, it abounds, is cheap, soon fouls, but runs itself clear of taint.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Light is the first of painters. There is no object so foul that intense light will not make it beautiful.”
  • Frances E. Willard
    Frances E. Willard
    “Temperance is moderation in the things that are good and total abstinence from the things that are foul.”


Foul play - If the police suspect foul play, they think a crime was committed.
No harm, no foul - There's no problem when no harm or damage is done, such as the time my sister-in-law stole the name we'd chosen for a boy and we both ended up having girls.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. fūlnes,


In literature:

You that have fouled the purple, broke your vow, And sowed the wind of death, the whirlwind you shall reap.
"Raemaekers' Cartoons" by Louis Raemaekers
He muffed foul flies and missed thrown balls.
"The Young Pitcher" by Zane Grey
Fulsome word nor foul dishonour could their truthful utterance taint, And they cursed Duhsasan's action, when they heard Draupadi's plaint!
"Maha-bharata" by Anonymous
Why, the police would fix you quick enough if you'd run a-foul of them.
"Lights and Shadows of New York Life" by James D. McCabe
A foul-smelling something gripped over my mouth.
"The Door Through Space" by Marion Zimmer Bradley
The foul odors which ought to pass out through the bowels find their way into the blood and escape at the lungs.
"Plain Facts for Old and Young" by John Harvey Kellogg
Feeder foul and obscene!
"Recreations of Christopher North, Volume 2" by John Wilson
In went the foul burden.
"The Yotsuya Kwaidan or O'Iwa Inari" by James S. De Benneville
The foul breath filled his lungs.
"Bakemono Yashiki (The Haunted House)" by James S. De Benneville
A foul hit is one which falls without the foul lines.
"Base-Ball" by John M. Ward

In poetry:

Nor heed the shaft too surely cast,
The foul and hissing bolt of scorn;
For with thy side shall dwell, at last,
The victory of endurance born.
"The Battle-Field" by William Cullen Bryant
Why is the uptending reason kept
In some foul prison, dreary, dark?
Why must we sleep as those who slept,
Stark-blinded, to the heavenly spark?
"Hopes of Futurity" by John Bowring
In the foul market-place I stood,
And saw the Christian mother sold,
And childhood with its locks of gold,
Blue-eyed and fair with Saxon blood.
"Astræa at the Capitol" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Foul snake and speckled adder with their young
ones crawl from stone to stone
For ruined is the house and prone the great
rose-marble monolith!
"The Sphinx" by Oscar Wilde
Let not a thought thy mind possess,
How thou the orphan may'st oppress:
Before th' Almighty such a thought
Is a foul wrong, and grievous fault.
"Advice, Concerning The Government Of Our Thoughts" by Rees Prichard
Is Merit from his right debarr'd;
Or guiltless charg'd with foul offence?
A Knave but speaks the perjur'd word,
And laughs at injur'd Innocence.
"The Culprit" by Nathaniel Bloomfield

In news:

The Knicks are asking the NBA to review J.R. Smith's flagrant foul from Friday night, when the shooting guard went up to challenge Tony Allen's layup attempt.
The rookie plays his best game of the young season and also receives his first flagrant foul, sparking a small melee.
' Flagrant Foul' and 'No Foul' on Prop 5 ads.
Celtics guard Rajon Rondo, right, and Heat guard Dwyane Wade squared off after a hard foul by Rondo in Tuesday's season opener, a 120-107 Heat win.
Flagrant foul for Hoekstra.
Attempt to link teachers to Detroit-Windsor bridge earns flagrant foul from Truth Squad.
Flagrant Fouls on bridge TV ads.
Kobe Bryant's flagrant foul didn't look intentional.
Blake Griffin given flagrant foul 1 for shove on Pau Gasol.
Cleveland coach Byron Scott said the foul that led to Ryan Hollins' ejection would have been "just a hard foul" in the NBA in the 1980s.
Get Ready for Ted, the Foul-Mouthed Plush Toy (Photo).
Teach foul-mouthed bird a new vocabulary.
Gov Chris Christie's foul-tempered, foul-mouthed ways show disrespect.
Your dog's bad breath might be from eating something foul-smelling but it can also indicate infection, disease, trauma and more.
If it wasn't for the Portland premiere of "The Runaways" tonight I'd be really foul.

In science:

To do this, however, it will be necessary to devise some scheme for treating these very small scales that does not fall foul of the Courant time constraint discussed previously.
The First Stars
One particular setting is a referee deciding whether a player has committed a foul using his or her noisy observation as well as prior experience.
Quantization of Prior Probabilities for Hypothesis Testing
Players commit fouls at different rates; some players are dirtier or more aggressive than others.
Quantization of Prior Probabilities for Hypothesis Testing
It is this rate which is the prior probability for the ‘foul committed’ state.
Quantization of Prior Probabilities for Hypothesis Testing
Let us consider the particular setting for human decision making mentioned in Section I: a referee determining whether a player has committed a foul or not using both his or her noisy observation and prior experience.
Quantization of Prior Probabilities for Hypothesis Testing