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Pronunciation: /faʊl/

Translation of foul in Spanish:

adjective/adjetivo (-er, -est)

  • 2 2.1 (horrible) (especially British English/especialmente inglés británico) [colloquial/familiar], asqueroso [colloquial/familiar]; [weather] pésimo I've got a foul headache tengo un dolor de cabeza horroroso [colloquial/familiar] she was absolutely foul to him estuvo repugnante con él she's in a foul mood está de un humor de perros [colloquial/familiar] he has a foul temper tiene un genio de mil demonios [colloquial/familiar] 2.2 (unfavourable) [weather] malo, de mil demonios [colloquial/familiar] it's a foul night out hace una noche de perros [colloquial/familiar] foul wind viento (masculine) en contra foul weather gear impermeables (masculine plural)
    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.
    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/literario] [deed/crime] vil [literary/literario], abyecto
    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) [language/gesture] ordinario, grosero to have a foul mouth ser* muy mal hablado, decir* palabrotas, ser muy boca sucia (River Plate area/Río de la Plata) [colloquial/familiar]
    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/Deporte] 4.1 (invalid) [shot/serve/ball] nulo 4.2 (unfair) [blow/punch] bajo, sucio; [kick] antirreglamentario
    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.
  • 5 5.1 (blocked) [drain/pipe/chimney] obstruido, atascado 5.2 (entangled) [anchor/chain/rope] enredado
    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.


  • falta (feminine), faul (masculine) or foul (masculine) (Latin America/América Latina)

transitive verb/verbo transitivo

  • 1 (pollute) [water/air] contaminar please do not allow your dog to foul the pavement (British English/inglés británico) no deje que su perro ensucie la acera
  • 2 2.1 (block) [drain/chimney] obstruir* 2.2 (entangle) [rope/chain/fishing line] enredar seaweed has fouled the propeller las algas se han enredado en la hélice 2.3 (collide with) [Nautical/Náutica] chocar* contra

intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo

  • 2 (become entangled) [rope/line/chain] enredarse

Phrasal verbs

foul up

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object/verbo + complemento + adverbio, verbo + adverbio + complemento
1.1 (spoil) [plan] estropear, arruinar 1.2 (bungle) [colloquial/familiar] fastidiar [colloquial/familiar] 1.1verb + adverb/verbo + adverbio (bungle) (American English/inglés norteamericano) [colloquial/familiar], meter la pata [colloquial/familiar]

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