Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb foul

7 senses of foul

Sense 1
foul -- (hit a foul ball)
       => hit -- (cause to move by striking; "hit a ball")

Sense 2
pollute, foul, contaminate -- (make impure; "The industrial wastes polluted the lake")
       => dirty, soil, begrime, grime, colly, bemire -- (make soiled, filthy, or dirty; "don't soil your clothes when you play outside!")

Sense 3
clog, choke off, clog up, back up, congest, choke, foul -- (become or cause to become obstructed; "The leaves clog our drains in the Fall"; "The water pipe is backed up")
       => obstruct, obturate, impede, occlude, jam, block, close up -- (block passage through; "obstruct the path")

Sense 4
foul -- (commit a foul; break the rules)
       => play -- (participate in games or sport; "We played hockey all afternoon"; "play cards"; "Pele played for the Brazilian teams in many important matches")

Sense 5
foul, befoul, defile, maculate -- (spot, stain, or pollute; "The townspeople defiled the river by emptying raw sewage into it")
       => dishonor, disgrace, dishonour, attaint, shame -- (bring shame or dishonor upon; "he dishonored his family by committing a serious crime")

Sense 6
foul -- (make unclean; "foul the water")
       => dirty, soil, begrime, grime, colly, bemire -- (make soiled, filthy, or dirty; "don't soil your clothes when you play outside!")

Sense 7
foul -- (become soiled and dirty)
       => change -- (undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature; "She changed completely as she grew older"; "The weather changed last night")

Antonyms of adj fouled

2 senses of fouled

Sense 1
befouled, fouled -- (made dirty or foul; "a building befouled with soot"; "breathing air fouled and darkened with factory soot")

INDIRECT (VIA dirty) -> clean -- (free from dirt or impurities; or having clean habits; "children with clean shining faces"; "clean white shirts"; "clean dishes"; "a spotlessly clean house"; "cats are clean animals")

Sense 2
afoul (postnominal), foul, fouled -- (especially of a ship's lines etc; "with its sails afoul"; "a foul anchor")

INDIRECT (VIA tangled) -> untangled -- (not tangled)

Similarity of adj fouled

2 senses of fouled

Sense 1
befouled, fouled -- (made dirty or foul; "a building befouled with soot"; "breathing air fouled and darkened with factory soot")
       => dirty (vs. clean), soiled, unclean -- (soiled or likely to soil with dirt or grime; "dirty unswept sidewalks"; "a child in dirty overalls"; "dirty slums"; "piles of dirty dishes"; "put his dirty feet on the clean sheet"; "wore an unclean shirt"; "mining is a dirty job"; "Cinderella did the dirty work while her sisters preened themselves")

Sense 2
afoul (postnominal), foul, fouled -- (especially of a ship's lines etc; "with its sails afoul"; "a foul anchor")
       => tangled (vs. untangled) -- (in a confused mass; "pushed back her tangled hair"; "the tangled ropes")

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