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 for foul
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Foul \Foul\ (foul), n. [See Fowl.]
     A bird. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Foul \Foul\ (foul), a. [Compar. Fouler (-[~e]r); superl.
     Foulest.] [OE. foul, ful, AS. f[=u]l; akin to D. vuil, G.
     faul rotten, OHG. f[=u]l, Icel. f[=u]l foul, fetid; Dan.
     fuul, Sw. ful foul, Goth. f[=u]ls fetid, Lith. puti to be
     putrid, L. putere to stink, be putrid, pus pus, Gr. py`on
     pus, to cause to rot, Skr. p[=u]y to stink. [root]82. Cf.
     Defile to foul, File to foul, Filth, Pus, Putrid.]
     1. Covered with, or containing, extraneous matter which is
        injurious, noxious, offensive, or obstructive; filthy;
        dirty; not clean; 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.
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              My face is foul with weeping.         --Job. xvi.
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     2. Scurrilous; obscene or profane; abusive; as, foul words;
        foul language.
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     3. Hateful; detestable; shameful; odious; wretched. "The foul
        with Sycorax." --Shak.
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              Who first seduced them to that foul revolt?
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     4. Loathsome; disgusting; as, a foul disease.
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     5. Ugly; homely; poor. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
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              Let us, like merchants, show our foulest wares.
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     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.
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              So foul a sky clears not without a storm. --Shak.
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     7. Not conformed to the established rules and customs of a
        game, conflict, test, etc.; unfair; dishonest;
        dishonorable; cheating; as, foul play.
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     8. Having freedom of motion interfered with by collision or
        entanglement; entangled; -- opposed to clear; as, a rope
        or cable may get foul while paying it out.
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     Foul anchor. (Naut.) See under Anchor.
     Foul ball (Baseball), a ball that first strikes the ground
        outside of the foul ball lines, or rolls outside of
        certain limits.
     Foul ball lines (Baseball), lines from the home base,
        through the first and third bases, to the boundary of the
     Foul berth (Naut.), a berth in which a ship is in danger of
        fouling another vesel.
     Foul bill, or Foul bill of health, a certificate, duly
        authenticated, that a ship has come from a place where a
        contagious disorder prevails, or that some of the crew are
     Foul copy, a rough draught, with erasures and corrections;
        -- opposed to fair or clean copy. "Some writers boast of
        negligence, and others would be ashamed to show their foul
        copies." --Cowper.
     Foul proof, an uncorrected proof; a proof containing an
        excessive quantity of errors.
     Foul strike (Baseball), a strike by the batsman when any
        part of his person is outside of the lines of his
     To fall foul, to fall out; to quarrel. [Obs.] "If they be
        any ways offended, they fall foul." --Burton.
     To fall foul of or To run foul of. See under Fall.
     To make foul water, to sail in such shallow water that the
        ship's keel stirs the mud at the bottom.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Foul \Foul\, n.
     1. An entanglement; a collision, as in a boat race.
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     2. (Baseball) See Foul ball, under Foul, a.
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     3. In various games or sports, an act done contrary to the
        rules; a foul stroke, hit, play, or the like.
        [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Foul \Foul\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Fouled; p. pr. & vb. n.
     1. To make filthy; to defile; to daub; to dirty; to soil; as,
        to foul the face or hands with mire.
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     2. (Mil.) To incrust (the bore of a gun) with burnt powder in
        the process of firing.
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     3. To cover (a ship's bottom) with anything that impered its
        sailing; as, a bottom fouled with barnacles.
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     4. To entangle, so as to impede motion; as, to foul a rope or
        cable in paying it out; to come into collision with; as,
        one boat fouled the other in a race.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Foul \Foul\, v. i.
     1. To become clogged with burnt powder in the process of
        firing, as a gun.
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     2. To become entagled, as ropes; to come into collision with
        something; as, the two boats fouled.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: 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" [syn: disgusting,
             disgustful, distasteful, foul, loathly,
             loathsome, repellent, repellant, repelling,
             revolting, skanky, wicked, yucky]
      2: offensively malodorous; "a foul odor"; "the kitchen smelled
         really funky" [syn: fetid, foetid, foul, foul-
         smelling, funky, noisome, smelly, stinking, ill-
      3: violating accepted standards or rules; "a dirty fighter";
         "used foul means to gain power"; "a nasty unsporting serve";
         "fined for unsportsmanlike behavior" [syn: cheating(a),
         dirty, foul, unsporting, unsportsmanlike]
      4: (of a baseball) not hit between the foul lines [ant: fair]
      5: (of a manuscript) defaced with changes; "foul (or dirty)
         copy" [syn: dirty, foul, marked-up]
      6: characterized by obscenity; "had a filthy mouth"; "foul
         language"; "smutty jokes" [syn: cruddy, filthy, foul,
         nasty, smutty]
      7: disgustingly dirty; filled or smeared with offensive matter;
         "as filthy as a pigsty"; "a foul pond"; "a nasty pigsty of a
         room" [syn: filthy, foul, nasty]
      8: especially of a ship's lines etc; "with its sails afoul"; "a
         foul anchor" [syn: afoul(ip), foul, fouled]
      n 1: an act that violates the rules of a sport
      v 1: hit a foul ball
      2: make impure; "The industrial wastes polluted the lake" [syn:
         pollute, foul, contaminate]
      3: become or cause to become obstructed; "The leaves clog our
         drains in the Fall"; "The water pipe is backed up" [syn:
         clog, choke off, clog up, back up, congest,
         choke, foul] [ant: unclog]
      4: commit a foul; break the rules
      5: spot, stain, or pollute; "The townspeople defiled the river
         by emptying raw sewage into it" [syn: foul, befoul,
         defile, maculate]
      6: make unclean; "foul the water"
      7: become soiled and dirty

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  627 Moby Thesaurus words for "foul":
     Fescennine, Rabelaisian, abase, abeyant, abhorrent, abject,
     abominable, abuse, abusive, adulterate, adulterated, adverse,
     affronting, afoul, amoral, angry, apathetic, arrant, asperse,
     atrocious, awful, bad, bad for, bag, bang, bang into, bar, barfy,
     base, bawdy, beastly, befoul, beggarly, begrime, belittle,
     belittling, below contempt, below the belt, benasty,
     beneath contempt, bent, besmirch, besoil, bind, black, blacken,
     blamable, blameworthy, blasphemous, block, block up, blockade,
     blocked, blow, blue, blustery, botch, bound, brackish, brutal,
     bugger up, bump, bump into, bung, bungle, calumniatory, calumnious,
     cankered, cannon, carious, carom, carom into, cataleptic,
     catatonic, catch, caught, caulk, cheesy, chink, choke, choke off,
     choke up, choked, choked up, clash, clog, clog up, clogged,
     clogged up, cloudy, cloying, coarse, collide, come into collision,
     comminatory, concuss, confront each other, congest, congested,
     constipate, constipated, contaminate, contaminated, contemptible,
     contumelious, convert, cork, corrupt, costive, cover, crack up,
     crappy, crash, crash into, criminal, crooked, crude, crummy, crump,
     crunch, cursing, cyclonic, dam, dam up, damnable, damnatory,
     dangerous, dark, dash into, dead, debase, debased, decayed,
     decomposed, defalcate, defamatory, defame, defile, defiled,
     degrade, degraded, demean, denigrate, denunciatory, deplorable,
     depraved, deprecative, deprecatory, depreciate, depreciative,
     depreciatory, derisive, derisory, derogate, derogatory, desecrate,
     despicable, detestable, devaluate, dire, dirty, disagreeable,
     discredit, disgrace, disgraceful, disgusting, dishonest, dishonor,
     dishonorable, disparage, disparaging, divert, dopey, dormant,
     double-dealing, dreadful, dull, dysphemistic, egregious, embezzle,
     encounter, enmesh, enmeshed, enormous, ensnare, ensnared, entangle,
     entangled, entrap, epithetic, evil, excommunicative,
     excommunicatory, execrable, execratory, fall foul of, fecal,
     feculent, festering, fetid, fill, fill up, filthy, flagitious,
     flagrant, flat, flyblown, forbidden, forbidding, foul play,
     foul up, foul-mouthed, foul-spoken, foul-tongued, fouled,
     fraudulent, frightful, frowsty, frowy, frowzy, full, fulminatory,
     fulsome, funky, fusty, gamy, gangrened, gangrenous, ghastly,
     gloppy, gone bad, goof up, grave, graveolent, grievous, grime,
     grisly, groggy, gross, grubby, gruesome, gunky, harmful, harpoon,
     hateful, heavy, heinous, hideous, high, hit, hit against, hook,
     horrible, horrid, hurt, hurtle, icky, ignoble, ignominious,
     ill-smelling, illegal, illegality, immodest, immoral, impinge,
     imprecatory, improper, impure, in abeyance, in suspense,
     in trouble, inactive, indecent, indelicate, inert, infamous,
     infarcted, infect, infraction, infringement, iniquitous, injurious,
     insalubrious, insanitary, insulting, interdicted, invective,
     ithyphallic, jam, jammed, knavish, knock, knock against,
     lamentable, land, languid, languorous, lasso, latent, leaden, lewd,
     licentious, lifeless, little, loathsome, logy, louse up, lousy,
     low, low-down, lumpen, lurid, maggoty, maladminister, maledictory,
     maligning, malodorous, mangy, mawkish, mean, measly, meet,
     mephitic, mesh, mess, mess up, miasmal, miasmic, mildewed, mildewy,
     misapply, misappropriate, misemploy, miserable, mishandle,
     mismanage, misuse, moldy, monstrous, morbific, mortified, mouldy,
     muck up, mucky, muff, musty, nail, nasty, naughty, nauseant,
     nauseating, nauseous, necrosed, necrotic, nefarious, net, nidorous,
     noisome, noose, not cricket, not fair, notorious, noxious,
     objectionable, objurgatory, obnoxious, obscene, obstipate,
     obstipated, obstruct, obstructed, odious, odorous, off, off color,
     offensive, olid, ordurous, outrageous, overripe, pack, packed,
     paltry, passive, pathogenic, peccant, peculate, percuss,
     perfidious, pervert, pestiferous, petty, phlegmatic, pilfer,
     pitiable, pitiful, plug, plug up, plugged, plugged up, poisonous,
     poky, pollute, polluted, poor, pornographic, profane, prohibited,
     prostitute, puky, putrefacient, putrefactive, putrefied,
     putrescent, putrid, raging, rainy, rancid, rank, raunchy, raw,
     reasty, reasy, rebarbative, reechy, reeking, reeky, regrettable,
     repellent, repelling, reprehensible, reprobate, reptilian,
     repugnant, repulsive, revolting, ribald, risque, rope, rotten,
     rotting, rough, rude, ruin, run into, sack, sad, salacious, scabby,
     scandalous, scatologic, scatological, schlock, scornful, screw up,
     scrubby, scruffy, scummy, scurfy, scurrile, scurrilous, scurvy,
     sedentary, septic, shabby, shady, shameful, shitty, shocking,
     shoddy, sickening, sideswipe, sinful, slabby, slack, slam into,
     slanderous, sleeping, sleety, slimy, sloppy, sloshy, sludgy,
     sluggish, slumbering, slushy, smack into, small, smash, smash into,
     smash up, smear, smellful, smelling, smelly, smirch, smoking-room,
     smoldering, smooch, smudge, smutty, snafu, snag, snare, snarl,
     snarled, sniggle, snowy, soil, soiled, soily, sordid, soured,
     spear, sphacelated, spile, spoil, spoiled, sposhy, squalid,
     stagnant, stain, stale, stanch, standing, static, stay, stench,
     stenchy, stinking, stop, stop up, stopped, stopped up, stopper,
     stopple, storming, stormy, strike, strike against, strong, stuff,
     stuff up, stuffed, stuffed up, stuffy, suggestive, sulfurous,
     sully, sultry, suppurating, suppurative, suspended, taint, tainted,
     take, tame, tangle, tangle up with, tangled, tarnish, tempestuous,
     terrible, too bad, tornadic, torpid, traitorous, trap, treacherous,
     turbulent, turned, twist, two-faced, typhonic, typhoonish,
     ulcerated, unaroused, unchaste, unclean, uncleanly, uncouth,
     underhanded, unfair, unfairness, unfavorable, unforgivable,
     unhealthful, unhealthy, unhygienic, unjust, unmentionable,
     unpardonable, unprintable, unrepeatable, unsanitary, unscrupulous,
     unspeakable, unsporting, unsportsmanlike, unsportsmanlikeness,
     unsportsmanliness, unsportsmanly, unwholesome, unworthy, venal,
     vicious, vile, villainous, violate, violation, vitiate,
     vituperative, vomity, vulgar, weevily, wet, whomp, wicked, windy,
     woeful, wormy, worst, worthless, wretched, wrong, yecchy, yucky

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