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American English: /faʊl/
British English: /faʊl/

Translation of foul in Spanish:

adjective fouler, foulest

  • 2 2.1 (horrible)
    (esp British) [colloquial]
    asqueroso [colloquial]
    I've got a foul headache
    tengo un dolor de cabeza horroroso [colloquial]
    she was absolutely foul to him
    estuvo repugnante con él
    she's in a foul mood he has a foul temper
    tiene un genio de mil demonios [colloquial]
    Example sentences
    • ‘OK, sorry,’ Leanne said, taken aback by Rob's uncharacteristically foul mood.
    • Never mind me, I'm just in a foul mood after today's work.
    • The 72-year-old R&B legend is in one of his famous foul moods.
    Example sentences
    • The new building will have improved facilities, ensuring it remains a welcome retreat for ramblers, particularly after climbing Mount Snowdon in foul weather.
    • Meanwhile, while the Irish and their neighbours in Britain may bemoan the foul weather, spare a thought for residents along the east coast of the USA.
    • The situation is worse when the weather is foul.
    2.2 (unfavourable) (weather)
    de mil demonios [colloquial]
    it's a foul night out
    hace una noche de perros [colloquial]
    foul wind
    viento (masculine) en contra
    foul weather gear
    impermeables (masculine plural)
    Example sentences
    • This is nearly twice the power usually found on boats this size and provides lots of power for punching through chop and motoring against foul winds and currents.
    • Nicolson, a successful writer but somewhat inexperienced sailor, teams up with an old salt and buddy George Fairhurst, who continually bails them out of near calamities - foul currents, fierce tides, raging winds and equipment failures.
    2.3 (wicked) [literary] (deed/crime)
    vil [literary]
    Example sentences
    • In the popular consciousness, however, paganism and witchcraft have come to be associated with black magic, foul deeds, even devil-worship.
    • There is a case of murder involved here - and a foul murder, at that - by a person who had a modus operandi that has been known to the police now for years.
    • The phantom king begs Hamlet to avenge his foul murder.
  • 3 (obscene)
    to have a foul mouth
    ser muy mal hablado
    decir palabrotas
    ser muy boca sucia (Río de la Plata) [colloquial]
    Example sentences
    • The language is foul (no surprise), and they have been seen urinating in front gardens.
    • However, your language is exceedingly foul for someone in your position.
    • Don't be distracted by my foul vocabulary or by your own frustration.
  • 4 (Sport) 4.1 (invalid)
    Example sentences
    • In the first 20 minutes Knowles put his side into a 2-0 lead with two superb lobbed goals, but was later dismissed following a foul tackle.
    • All I can say is that I'll certainly be expecting my men to get stuck in and it's up to the referee after that to decide what s a fair tackle and what s a foul tackle.
    • Therefore, the proportion of foul tackles equates to the likelihood of player error occurring during the execution of a tackle.
    4.2 (unfair)
  • 5 5.1 (blocked)
    Example sentences
    • She was glad not to be able to see much of the place, foul with seeping water and fungus, a chamber of old horrors where prisoners hunched under the vaults of cold stone like monstrous white insects, wingless and half-blind.
    • Wheat is an exhausting crop, which requires land in good heart, whilst if grown continuously, or too frequently, disease often becomes serious, and, most important of all, the land becomes very foul with weeds.
    5.2 (entangled)

transitive verb

  • 1 (pollute)
    please do not allow your dog to foul the pavement (British)
    no deje que su perro ensucie la acera
    Example sentences
    • Its design is outdated and inappropriate; its size, looks, and four-wheel drive bring out the worst in drivers; it clogs streets and fouls the air.
    • At rush hour the streets are plugged with cars producing vast quantities of toxic gases that foul the air.
    • Moreover, our dependency on coal to generate energy not only fouls our air, but poisons our fish with mercury.
  • 2 2.1 (block)
    2.2 (entangle)
    (rope/chain/fishing line)
    seaweed has fouled the propeller
    las algas se han enredado en la hélice
    Example sentences
    • It is apparent that the wreck has been cleared to below deck level, with some additional damage to the starboard side of the hull, perhaps a consequence of the Silver Harvest fouling its anchor on the wreck in 1998.
    • The Stromness lifeboat attended the fishing vessel Arkhangel at 4pm on Saturday after the vessel fouled her propeller 20 miles off Noup Head in Westray.
    • Stromness lifeboat was called out at the weekend after a Scrasbter fishing boat fouled her propeller in severe weather conditions.
    2.3 (collide with) (Nautical)
    chocar contra
    Example sentences
    • In The Edison [1933] AC 449, the appellants, whose vessel had been fouled by the respondents, claimed damages under various heads.
  • 3 (Sport)
    cometer una falta contra
    cometer un foul contra (Latin America)
    cometer un faul contra (Latin America)
    Example sentences
    • The keeper fouled his opponent but avoided a red card.
    • Portlaw did have claims for a penalty turned down late on when it seemed keeper Wayne English had fouled a Portlaw player in the area but referee Martin Halley waved play on.
    • The Town keeper Darren O'Grady was obviously fouled as he went to catch a high punt with Gary Smyth tucking the loose ball into the unguarded net.

intransitive verb

  • 2 (become entangled)

Phrasal verbs

foul up

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object
1 1.1 (spoil) 1.2 (bungle) [colloquial]
fastidiar [colloquial]
2verb + adverb (bungle) (US) [colloquial]
meter la pata [colloquial]
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