Fowl are birds belonging to one of two biological orders, namely the gamefowl or landfowl (Galliformes) and the waterfowl (Anseriformes). Studies of anatomical and molecular similarities suggest these two groups are close evolutionary relatives; together, they form the fowl clade which is scientifically known as Galloanserae (initially termed Galloanseri). This clade is also supported by morphological and DNA sequence data as well as retrotransposon presence/absence data.
Covered with, or containing unclean matter; dirty.
“This cloth is too foul to use as a duster.”
“His foul hands got dirt all over the kitchen.”
“The air was so foul nobody could breathe.”
“A ship’s bottom is foul when overgrown with barnacles”
“A well is foul with polluted water.”
obscene, vulgar or abusive.
“The rascal spewed forth a series of foul words.”
“His foul language causes many people to believe he is uneducated.”
Detestable, unpleasant, loathsome.
“He has a foul set of friends.”
Disgusting, repulsive; causing disgust.
“This foul food is making me retch.”
“There was a foul smell coming from the toilet.”
Ugly; homely; poor.
Unpleasant, stormy or rainy.
“Some foul weather is brewing.”
Dishonest or not conforming to the established rules and customs of a game, conflict, test, etc.
“Foul play is not suspected.”
Entangled and therefore restricting free movement, not clear.
“We’ve got a foul anchor.”
“a rope could get foul while paying it out.”
Outside of the base lines; in foul territory.
“Jones hit foul ball after foul ball.”
To make dirty.
“to foul the face or hands with mire”
“She’s fouled her diaper.”
“He’s fouled his reputation.”
To clog or obstruct.
“The hair has fouled the drain.”
“The kelp has fouled the prop.”
To make contact with an opposing player in order to gain advantage.
“Smith fouled him hard.”
To hit outside of the baselines.
“Jones fouled the ball off the facing of the upper deck.”
To become clogged.
“The drain fouled.”
To become entangled.
“The prop fouled on the kelp.”
To commit a foul.
“Smith fouled within the first minute of the quarter.”
To hit a ball outside of the baselines.
“Jones fouled for strike one.”
A tripping someone up in soccer, or contact of any kind in basketball.
A (usually accidental) contact between a bowler and the lane before the bowler has released the ball.
A foul ball, a ball which has been hit outside of the base lines.
“Jones hit a foul up over the screen.”
A bird of the order Galliformes, including chickens, turkeys, pheasant, partridges and quail.
Birds which are hunted or kept for food, including Galliformes and also geese and swans.
To hunt fowl.
“We took our guns and went fowling.”
offensive to the senses, especially through having a disgusting smell or taste or being dirty
“a foul odour”
“his foul breath”
very disagreeable or unpleasant
“the news had put Michelle in a foul mood”
wicked or immoral
“murder most foul”
(of language) obscene
done contrary to the rules of a sport
“a foul tackle”
containing or full of noxious matter; polluted
“foul, swampy water”
clogged or choked with
“the land was foul with weeds”
(of a rope or anchor) entangled.
(of a ship’s bottom) overgrown with weed, barnacles, or similar matter.
(of the weather) wet and stormy
“he walked in fair and foul weather”
“the weather turned foul”
(of wind or tide) opposed to one’s desired course
“it sometimes becomes advantageous to anchor during the periods of foul tide”
(in sport) an unfair or invalid stroke or piece of play, especially one involving interference with an opponent
“the midfielder was booked for a foul on Ford”
a collision or entanglement in riding, rowing, or running.
a disease in the feet of cattle
“he was indeed suffering from foul of the foot”
contrary to the rules; unfairly.
make foul or dirty; pollute
“factories which fouled the atmosphere”
(of an animal) make (something) dirty with excrement
“make sure that your pet never fouls paths”
(of a person) defecate involuntarily.
(in sport) commit a foul against (an opponent)
“United claim their keeper was fouled”
(of a ship) collide with or interfere with the passage of (another)
“the ships became overcrowded and fouled each other”
cause (a cable, anchor, or other object) to become entangled or jammed
“watch out for driftwood which might foul up the engine”
“we feared the anchor would foul in the heavy grasses”
a gallinaceous bird kept for its eggs and flesh; a domestic cock or hen.
any other domesticated bird kept for its eggs or flesh, e.g. a turkey or goose.
the flesh of domesticated birds as food; poultry
“a stew of various meats and fowl”
used in names of birds that resemble the domestic fowl
birds collectively, especially as the quarry of hunters
“an abundance of game, fowl, and fish”