adjective/adjetivo (-er, -est)
- 1 (offensive) [smell] nauseabundo, fétido, hediondo; [taste] repugnante, asqueroso, inmundo; [air] viciado; [water] infectoMore example sentences
- They began hobbling towards the car, Leanne almost crumbling under the weight and the disgusting, foul smell of alcohol.
- He pulled me close to his face, so close that I could smell his foul breath.
- He came so close to her she could smell his foul breath, and she turned her head away.
- 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)More example sentences
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- ‘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.
More example sentences2.3 (wicked) [literary/literario] [deed/crime] vil [literary/literario], abyecto
- 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.
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- 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.
- 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]More 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] antirreglamentarioMore 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] enredadoMore 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
- 3 [Sport/Deporte] cometer una falta or (in Latin America also/en América Latina también) un foul or faul contra, faulear (Latin America/América Latina)
intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo
- 1 [Sport/Deporte] cometer* faltas or (in Latin America also/en América Latina también) fauls or fouls, faulear (Latin America/América Latina)
foul upverb + 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]
Here is a selection of useful words and phrases you will need in real-life situations while you're visiting Spain and other Spanish-speaking countries...
In Spain, a ración is a serving of food eaten in a bar or cafe, generally with a drink. Friends or relatives meet in a bar or cafe, order a number of raciones, and share them.