Synonyms of foul

Synonyms of foul DEFAULT

Frequently Asked Questions About foul

How does the adjective foul differ from other similar words?

Some common synonyms of foul are dirty, filthy, nasty, and squalid. While all these words mean "conspicuously unclean or impure," foul implies extreme offensiveness and an accumulation of what is rotten or stinking; it can also describe, for example, loathsome behavior.

a foul-smelling open sewer

a foul story of lust and greed

When can dirty be used instead of foul?

Although the words dirty and foul have much in common, dirty emphasizes the presence of dirt more than an emotional reaction to it or, figuratively, stresses meanness or despicableness.

a dirty littered street

don't ask me to do your dirty work

When could filthy be used to replace foul?

The meanings of filthy and foul largely overlap; however, filthy carries a strong suggestion of offensiveness and typically of gradually accumulated dirt that begrimes and besmears. Figuratively, it can also describe disgusting obscenity.

a stained greasy floor, utterly filthy

filthy street language

How is nasty related to other words for foul?

Nasty applies to what is actually foul or is repugnant to one expecting freshness, cleanliness, or sweetness; in practice, however, nasty is often weakened to the point of being no more than a synonym of unpleasant or disagreeable. When used figuratively, nasty implies a peculiarly offensive unpleasantness.

it's a nasty job to clean up after a sick cat

had a nasty fall

his answer gave her a nasty shock

a stand-up comedian known for nasty humor

When would squalid be a good substitute for foul?

In some situations, the words squalid and foul are roughly equivalent. However, squalid adds to the idea of dirtiness and filth that of slovenly neglect. Distinctively, its figurative use implies sordidness as well as baseness and dirtiness.

squalid slums

engaged in a series of squalid affairs


Synonyms of foul in English:


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1‘the skunk produces a foul stench’


disgusting, revolting, repellent, repulsive, repugnant, abhorrent, loathsome, offensive, detestable, awful, dreadful, horrible, terrible, horrendous, hideous, appalling, atrocious, vile, abominable, frightful, sickening, nauseating, nauseous, stomach-churning, stomach-turning, off-putting, uninviting, unpalatable, unappetizing, unsavoury, distasteful, nasty, obnoxious, objectionable, odious

noxious, evil-smelling, foul-smelling, smelly, stinking, high, rank, rancid, fetid, malodorous

North American vomitous

informal ghastly, horrid, gruesome, godawful, gross, diabolical, putrid, yucky, icky, grotty, sick-making, gut-churning

British informal beastly, whiffy, pongy, niffy

North American informal lousy, skanky, funky

Australian informal on the nose

literary noisome, mephitic

archaic disgustful, loathly

rare miasmic, miasmal, olid

2‘get your foul clothes out of my bedroom’


dirty, filthy, mucky, grimy, grubby, stained, dirt-encrusted, muddy, muddied, unclean, unwashed

squalid, sordid, shabby, sleazy, nasty, soiled, sullied, scummy

rotten, defiled, decaying, putrid, putrefied, smelly, fetid

informal cruddy, yucky, icky

British informal manky, gungy, grotty

literary befouled, besmirched, begrimed

rare feculent

3‘she's been foul to poor Adam’


unkind, unfriendly, disagreeable, inconsiderate, uncharitable, rude, churlish, spiteful, malicious, mean, mean-spirited, ill-tempered, ill-natured, ill-humoured, bad-tempered, hostile, vicious, malevolent, evil-minded, surly, obnoxious, poisonous, venomous, vindictive, malign, malignant, cantankerous, hateful, hurtful, cruel, wounding, abusive

informal bitchy, catty

vulgar slang shitty

4‘foul weather’


inclement, unpleasant, disagreeable, dirty, nasty, rough, bad

stormy, squally, gusty, windy, blustery, blowy, wild, rainy, wet

foggy, misty, gloomy, murky, overcast, louring

5‘foul drinking water was blamed for the outbreak’


contaminated, polluted, adulterated, infected, tainted, defiled, impure, filthy, dirty, unclean

rare feculent

6‘the foul fiend’


evil, wicked, sinful, immoral, wrong, morally wrong, wrongful, bad, iniquitous, corrupt, black-hearted, ungodly, unholy, irreligious, unrighteous, sacrilegious, profane, blasphemous, impious, base, mean, vile

villainous, nefarious, erring, fallen, impure, sullied, tainted, monstrous, shocking, outrageous, atrocious, abominable, reprehensible, hateful, detestable, despicable, odious, contemptible, horrible, heinous, execrable, godless, diabolical, diabolic, fiendish, vicious, murderous, barbarous, black, dark

perverted, reprobate, sordid, depraved, degenerate, dissolute, dishonourable, dishonest, unscrupulous, unprincipled, underhand, roguish

criminal, illicit, unlawful, illegal, illegitimate, lawless

informal crooked, bent, warped, low-down, stinking, dirty, shady, rascally, scoundrelly

British informal beastly, not cricket


archaic dastardly

rare peccable, egregious, flagitious

7‘she had been subjected to abuse and foul language’


vulgar, obscene, profane, blasphemous, gross, coarse, crude, filthy, dirty, indecent, indelicate, suggestive, smutty, off colour, low, lewd, ribald, salacious, scatological, offensive, abusive

informal blue

8‘he was booked for a foul tackle in the 67th minute’


unfair, against the rules, illegal, unsporting, unsportsmanlike, below the belt, dirty, dishonourable, dishonest, underhand, unscrupulous, unjust, unprincipled, immoral, crooked, fraudulent

informal shady


1‘every stream was being fouled with chemical waste’


dirty, soil, stain, blacken, muddy, begrime, splash, spatter, smear, befoul, besmirch, blight, defile, make filthy, infect, pollute, contaminate, poison, taint, adulterate, sully

literary besmear

2‘the vessel had fouled her nets’


tangle up, entangle, snarl, catch, entwine, enmesh, twist, tangle

3‘the rivers have been fouled by silt’


clog, choke, block, jam, obstruct, congest, bung up, dam, dam up, plug, silt up, stop up, seal, fill up, close

informal gunge up

technical occlude, obturate

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continues he players foulsRegarding multiple offences - a player is more likely to receive a caution the more foulshe commits - Rodri completed three (in the 40th, 43rd, and 87th minutes), Gabriel Jesus three (in the 14th, 35th, and 36th minutes), Raheem Sterling three (in the 8th, 68th and 93rd - for which he was booked), and Kevin de Bruyne, David Silva, Kyle Walker and Riyad Mahrez one each.

Tactical fouls are part and parcel of football

Boston came back from 26 down to win, 99-98, as Houston's James Harden was called for two offensive foulsin the last 7.3 seconds.

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"It also says a cynical, premeditated foulof that nature is less serious than the kind of challenge Traore made, which was reckless but not deliberate.

Lansbury ruling 'wrong message'

Synopsis: "Never FoulA Jump Shooter: A Guide to Basketball Lingo, Lessons and Laughs", began as the author Daniel Yost was having fun with a few quirky basketball expressions, such as "penetrate and dish" and "a foulwaiting to happen".

Never Foul A Jump Shooter

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Noisome - Meaning Pronunciation Examples and Synonyms


Very unpleasant or disagreeable.



Causing loathing; disgusting; abhorrent; detestable


Having a bad smell, as of decay; putrid



Offensive to the point of arousing disgust; foul:


Disgusting, disgraceful, hateful, vile, loathsome, scandalous. See also odium.


Characterized by a lack of culture, refinement, taste, restraint, sensitivity, etc.; coarse; crude; boorish


Acting in violation of such principles; unfair in one's dealings and actions:


Extremely violent or injurious; cruel:


To mar the cleanness or luster of; soil or stain.



To stain; to blemish; to taint; to disgrace; to tarnish, as reputation.


To change in color as by fading, streaking, or staining


To encumber or load, especially with something that impedes motion; to hamper.


To get something stuck in a confined space.


To confuse or complicate:

be clogged

To become dirty or entangled

be choked

To become dirty or entangled

be tangled

To become dirty or entangled

be coated

To become dirty or entangled

be encrusted

To become dirty or entangled

be blocked

To become dirty or entangled

be filled

To become dirty or entangled


Of, relating to, or designed for attack:


Strong in growth; growing with vigour or rapidity, hence, coarse or gross.


Showing, or intended to excite, lust or sexual desire, esp. in an offensive way; lascivious


(Now Rare) Deserving opprobrium; disgraceful


The definition of ribald is something that references sexual matters in a bawdy or humorous way.


Disposed to lie, cheat, defraud, or deceive.


The definition of abusive is something that is improperly used or someone that causes harm.


The definition of detestable is disgusting, hateful or awful.


Full of, or having the nature of, dregs; foul


Containing, or having the nature of, feces


Morally injurious; corrupting; unwholesome


The definition of obscene is offensive, indecent or disgusting.


Contaminated, specif. with harmful chemicals, waste material, etc.


Of or relating to putrefaction.



The definition of repulsive is disgusting.


Given to the use of vulgar, coarse, or abusive language.


Wretched; miserable; sordid


Characterized by treachery; traitorous; disloyal; perfidious


Muddy or cloudy from having the sediment stirred up


Using, containing, or marked by harshly critical or irate language.


The state or quality of being noisome.


Anything, as a doctrine, regarded as harmful or dangerous


Something that pollutes; a pollutant or a group of pollutants:


The decomposition of organic matter by bacteria, fungi, and oxidation, resulting in the formation of foul-smelling products; a rotting



A foul or objectionable quality:


(Mathematics) The side or face of a geometric figure to which an altitude is or is thought to be drawn. The base can be, but is not always, the bottom part of the figure.


Corrupt means to destroy someone's honesty or hurt someone's morals.


To earn money, not including expenses.


Of foul synonyms


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grossly offensive to the senses; disgustingly loathsome; noisome: a foul smell.

containing or characterized by offensive or noisome matter: foul air; foul stagnant water.

filthy or dirty, as places, receptacles, clothes, etc.

muddy, as a road.

clogged or obstructed with foreign matter: a foul gas jet.

unfavorable or stormy: foul weather.

contrary, violent, or unfavorable, as the wind.

grossly offensive in a moral sense.

abominable, wicked, or vile, as deeds, crime, slander, etc.

scurrilous, profane, or obscene; offensive: foul language.

contrary to the rules or established usages, as of a sport or game; unfair: a foul blow.

Baseball. pertaining to a foul ball or a foul line.

limited in freedom of movement by obstruction, entanglement, etc.: a foul anchor.

abounding in errors or in marks of correction, as a printer's proof, manuscript, or the like.

  1. (of the underwater portion of a hull) encrusted and impeded with barnacles, seaweed, etc.
  2. (of a mooring place) involving inconveniences and dangers, as of colliding with vessels or other objects when swinging with the tide.
  3. (of the bottom of a body of water) affording a poor hold for an anchor (opposed to clean).

North Englandand Scot.. not fair; ugly or unattractive.

Obsolete. disfigured.


in a foul manner; vilely; unfairly.

Baseball. into foul territory; so as to be foul: It looked like a homer when he hit it, but it went foul.


something that is foul.

a collision or entanglement: a foul between two racing sculls.

a violation of the rules of a sport or game: The referee called it a foul.

Baseball. foul ball.

verb (used with object)

to make foul; defile; soil.

to clog or obstruct, as a chimney or the bore of a gun.

to collide with.

to cause to become entangled or caught, as a rope.

to defile; dishonor; disgrace: His reputation had been fouled by unfounded accusations.

Nautical. (of barnacles, seaweed, etc.) to cling to (a hull) so as to encumber.

Baseball. to hit (a pitched ball) foul (often followed by off or away): He fouled off two curves before being struck out on a fastball.

verb (used without object)

to become foul.

Nautical. to come into collision, as two boats.

to become entangled or clogged: The rope fouled.

Sports. to make a foul play; give a foul blow.

Baseball. to hit a foul ball.

Verb Phrases

foul out,
  1. be put out by hitting a foul ball caught on the fly by a player on the opposing team.
  2. be expelled from a game for having committed more fouls than is allowed.

foul up,Informal. to cause confusion or disorder; bungle; spoil.


1repulsive, repellent.

2fetid, putrid, stinking.

3unclean, polluted, sullied, soiled, stained, tainted, impure.

6rainy, tempestuous.


9base, shameful, infamous.

10smutty, vulgar, coarse, low.

24sully, stain, dirty, besmirch, taint, pollute.


See synonyms for foul on



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Idioms about foul

    fall foul / afoul of,
    1. to collide with, as ships.
    2. to come into conflict with; quarrel.
    3. to make an attack; assault.

    foul one's nest, to dishonor one's own home, family, or the like.

    run foul / afoul of, to come into collision or controversy with: to run foul of the press.

Origin of foul

before 900; (adj. and noun) Middle English ful, foul,Old English fūl; cognate with Gothic fuls,Old Norse fūll,Old High German fūl; akin to Latin pūspus, pūtēre to stink, Greek pýon pus; (adv.) Middle English fule, foule, derivative of the adj.; (v.) Middle English fulen, derivative of the adj.

synonym study for foul

3. See dirty.





foul , fowl

Words nearby foul

foudre, foudroyant, fouetté, fought, Foujita, foul, foulage, foulard, foul ball, foulbrood, fouled-up Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

Words related to foul

putrid, vile, horrid, vicious, fetid, rotten, hateful, nasty, filthy, wicked, abusive, dirty, violation, offense, breach, infringement, error, clog, pollute, choke

How to use foul in a sentence

  • Justyn Mutts added 17 points, and Hunter Cattoor scored 12 before fouling out.

    Pitt pulls away from Virginia Tech in second half|Gene Wang|February 4, 2021|Washington Post

  • Father Joel Román Salazar died in a car crash in 2013; his death was ruled an accident, but the suspicion of foul play persists.

    Mexico’s Priests Are Marked for Murder|Jason McGahan|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST

  • Malcolm Tucker, a foul-mouthed political advisor, was the role that turned Capaldi into a household name in Britain.

    Doctor Who: It’s Time For a Black, Asian, or Woman Doctor|Nico Hines|December 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST

  • Foul-mouthed chauvinist who flirted with chicks in a hot tub or celebrity-friendly sociopolitical satirist?

    Canada’s Subversive Sock Puppet: Ed the Sock Isn’t Afraid to Say Anything|Soraya Roberts|November 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST

  • Playing the foul-mouthed bad character will become as predictable and counter-intuitive as a playing a thousand Joeys.

    How Can Katie Holmes Escape Tom Cruise—and ‘Dawson’s Creek’?|Tim Teeman|October 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST

  • Miller took particular exception to a post in which Kelley had worried she might fall victim to foul play.

    The Mystery Woman Who Tried to Outdo Dillinger|Michael Daly|September 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST

  • Two years later this promising recruit, having fallen foul of the military authorities, had to leave the service under a cloud.

    Napoleon's Marshals|R. P. Dunn-Pattison

  • But I have some more foul way to trot through still, in your Epistles and Satyrs, &c.

    A Letter from Mr. Cibber to Mr. Pope|Colley Cibber

  • After he was securely bound he was forced to stand while the two, with foul epithets, hung the body of the corporal over the road.

    The Courier of the Ozarks|Byron A. Dunn

  • Without warning, we found ourselves foul of a picket-line, and the vague forms of grazing horses loomed close by.

    Raw Gold|Bertrand W. Sinclair

  • But it was strongly rumoured that there had been foul play, peculation, even forgery.

    The History of England from the Accession of James II.|Thomas Babington Macaulay

British Dictionary definitions for foul


offensive to the senses; revolting

offensive in odour; stinking

charged with or full of dirt or offensive matter; filthy

(of food) putrid; rotten

morally or spiritually offensive; wicked; vile

obscene; vulgarfoul language

not in accordance with accepted standards or established rules; unfairto resort to foul means

(esp of weather) unpleasant or adverse

blocked or obstructed with dirt or foreign mattera foul drain

entangled or impededa foul anchor

(of the bottom of a vessel) covered with barnacles and other growth that slow forward motion

informalunsatisfactory or uninteresting; bada foul book



  1. a violation of the rules
  2. (as modifier)a foul shot; a foul blow

something foul

an entanglement or collision, esp in sailing or fishing


to make or become dirty or polluted

to become or cause to become entangled or snarled

(tr)to disgrace or dishonour

to become or cause to become clogged or choked

(tr)nautical(of underwater growth) to cling to (the bottom of a vessel) so as to slow its motion

(tr)sportto commit a foul against (an opponent)

(tr)baseballto hit (a ball) in an illegal manner

(intr)sportto infringe the rules

(tr)(of an animal, especially a dog) to defecate ondo not let your dog foul the footpath

to collide with (a boat, etc)


in a foul or unfair manner

fall foul of
  1. to come into conflict with
  2. nauticalto come into collision with

See also foul up

Derived forms of foul

foully, adverb

Word Origin for foul

Old English fūl; related to Old Norse fūll, Gothic fūls smelling offensively, Latin pūspus, Greek puol pus

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Other Idioms and Phrases with foul

In addition to the idioms beginning with foul

  • foul one's nest
  • foul play
  • foul up

also see:

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Foul - Meaning of foul

It's one thing to fuck in uncomfortable clothes, And here they were without everything, as before. The guys showed themselves in different roles, We have never been in such an orgy. This morning, all the guys showed feelings, Everything was ottaved, it was such a riot. So the partying ended in our hostel, and we remember when a booze starts. March 2017 So, me and Dasha.

Now discussing:

The newlyweds really wanted to have a cassette with a recording of the wedding itself and the subsequent feast with all the stupid toasts, stupid. Dances, stupid contests and stupid toastmaster who organized everything. This was facilitated by the fact that I myself, and my friends, and friends of friends have come to the age when it seems like its time. To gradually settle down and get married.

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