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foul (offensive)

Definition:

highly offensive; arousing aversion or disgust

Class:

adjective (modifies a noun)

Comparative:

fouler

Superlative:

foulest

Similar to:

offensive

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Etymology:

[adjective] Old English ful "rotten, unclean, vile, corrupt, ... | [verb] Old...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

All senses of foul...

Definition references

Wikipedia:

Disgust

a type of aversive reaction that involves withdrawing from a person or object with strong expressions of revulsion. It can also be defined as a revulsion response towards potential contamination. It's a universal, basic emotion that functions to help ... (39 of 6947 words, 1 image)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Disgust

Collins Dictionary:

disgusting | disgust | in disgust [sense-specific] | disgustful [rare, synonym, sense-specific] | loathsome [synonym, sense-specific] | repugnant [synonym, sense-specific] | disgustingly [adverb, derived] | disgustedly [adverb, derived]

loathsome; repugnant | to sicken or fill with loathing | to offend the moral sense, principles, or taste of | a great loathing or distaste aroused by ... (24 of 570 words, 5 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/disgusting

Merriam-Webster:

disgusting | abhorrent [synonym] | abominable [synonym] | appalling [synonym] | awful [synonym] | offensive [synonym] | distasteful [synonym] | dreadful [synonym] | evil [synonym] | ...

causing disgust (2 of 196 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/disgusting

New World Dictionary:

disgust | disgusted [adjective, related] | disgustedly [adverb, related] | disgusting [adjective, related] | disgustingly [adverb, related]

a sickening distaste or dislike; deep aversion; repugnance | to cause to feel disgust; be sickening, repulsive, or very distasteful to | to arouse ... (22 of 59 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/disgust

Macmillan British Dictionary:

disgusting | disgustingly [adverb, related]

extremely unpleasant | very bad or shocking (6 of 56 words, 2 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/disgusting

Wiktionary:

disgusting

which causes disgust, repulsive, distasteful. | Present participle of disgust. (9 of 56 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/disgusting

Oxford Dictionary:

disgusting | disgustful [outdated] | disgustingly [derived] | disgustingness [derived]

arousing revulsion or strong indignation (5 of 49 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/disgusting

Cambridge Dictionary:

disgusting | disgustingly [adverb, derived]

extremely unpleasant or unacceptable (4 of 31 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/disgusting

Random House Dictionary:

disgusting

causing disgust; offensive to the physical, moral, or aesthetic taste. (10 of 16 words, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/disgusting

American Heritage Dictionary:

disgusting | disgustingly [adverb, related]

Arousing disgust; repugnant. (3 of 12 words, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/disgusting

Encarta Dictionary:

disgusting | disgustingly [adverb, derived] | disgustingness [noun, derived]

tending to repel and sicken people | completely unacceptable or disgraceful (10 of 36 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861605175​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

foul

Origin: [adjective] Old English ful "rotten, unclean, vile, corrupt, ... | [verb] Old English fulian "to become foul, rot", from ful (see "foul" (adjective)). (22 of 171 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=foul

Wiktionary:

foul | fouls [plural] | fouled [past tense] | fouling [present participle]

Origin: Middle English, from Old English fūl ("foul, unclean, impure, vile, corrupt, rotten, guilty"), from Proto-Germanic ... | Old English fūlian. (19 of 53 etymology words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/foul

Oxford Dictionary:

foul | own | foul up | foul with | foul oneself

Origin: Old English fūl, of Germanic origin; related to Old Norse fĂșll "foul", Dutch vuil "dirty", and German faul "rotten, lazy", ... (20 of 36 etymology words)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/foul

New World Dictionary:

foul

Origin: Middle English from Old English ful, akin to German faul, rotten, lazy from Indo-European base *pū-, *pu-, to stink ( from ... (21 of 33 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/foul

Collins Dictionary:

foul

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

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/foul

American Heritage Dictionary:

foul | fouled [past tense] | fouling [present participle] | fouls [3rd-person singular present] | fouler [comparative] | foulest [superlative]

Origin: Middle English, from Old English fūl; see pū̆- in Indo-European roots.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/foul

Merriam-Webster:

foul [entry 1, adjective]

First use: before 12th century

Origin: Middle English, from Old English fūl; akin to Old High German fūl rotten, Latin pus pus, putēre to stink, Greek pyon pus

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/foul

Encarta Dictionary:

foul | fouls [plural] | fouled [past tense] | fouling [present participle] | fouler [comparative] | foulest [superlative]

Origin: Old English ful "filthy, decaying" from Germanic

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861613161​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

foul | fouls [plural] | fouled [past tense] | fouling [present participle]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "foul"

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/foul

Collins Dictionary:

foul

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "foul"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/foul

Macmillan American Dictionary:

foul [adjective] | fouler [comparative] | foulest [superlative]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "foul"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/foul

foul [verb] | fouled [past tense] | fouling [present participle] | fouls [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "foul"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/foul 18

foul [countable, noun] | fouls [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "foul"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/foul 30

Macmillan British Dictionary:

foul | fouler [comparative] | foulest [superlative]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "foul"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/foul

foul [verb] | fouled [past tense] | fouling [present participle] | fouls [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "foul"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/foul 17

foul [countable, noun] | fouls [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "foul"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/foul 29

Cambridge Dictionary:

foul [entry 1]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "foul"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "foul"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/foul 1

the Free Dictionary:

foul

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "foul"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "foul"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "foul" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/foul

Google Dictionary:

foul | fouls [plural] | fouled [past tense] | fouling [present participle] | fouler [comparative] | foulest [superlative]

Audio: English pronunciation of "foul"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

foul

Audio: North American pronunciation of "foul"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=foul​0001 word=foul

YourDictionary Audio:

foul

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "foul" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/foul

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