foul
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foul(
faul
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (sports)
a. la falta
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The referee has blown the whistle, and that's the first foul of the game.El árbitro tocó el silbato, y esa es la primera falta del partido.
b. el foul
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
I'm surprised the referee didn't call a foul on that play.Me extraña que el árbitro no haya señalado un foul por esa jugada.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
2. (disgusting)
a. asqueroso
I was living in a foul apartment when I met her.Vivía en un apartamento asqueroso cuando la conocí.
b. nauseabundo
The street was filled with a foul smell of rotting meat.La calle estaba llena de un olor nauseabundo a carne en descomposición.
c. fétido (smell)
A foul smell was emanating from the mouth of the cave.Un olor fétido emanaba de la salida de la cueva.
d. repugnante (taste)
I became concerned when I noticed that the meat had a foul taste.Me puse nerviosa cuando noté que la carne tenía un sabor repugnante.
e. viciado (air)
I put on a mask so I wouldn't have to breathe the foul city air.Me puse una mascarilla para no tener que respirar el aire viciado de la ciudad.
3. (rough)
a. de perros
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(weather)
I don't feel like going outside with this foul weather.No tengo ganas de salir con este tiempo de perros.
b. de mil demonios (temper)
After the wedding, Susan soon realized he had a foul temper.Después de la boda, Susan no tardó en descubrir que tenía un carácter de mil demonios.
4. (sports)
a. sucio (unfair)
That player has a bad reputation for foul play.Ese jugador tiene mala fama por el juego sucio.
b. nulo (not permitted)
The midfielder made a foul tackle.El centrocampista hizo una entrada nula.
c. antirreglamentario (kick)
The home team was awarded a foul kick.Al equipo local le otorgaron una patada antirreglamentaria.
5. (obscene)
a. grosero
A man leaned out of the window and made a foul gesture at me.Un hombre se asomó por la ventana y me hizo un gesto grosero.
b. ordinario
I won't tolerate that kind of foul talk in this house.No soportaré esa clase de vocabulario ordinario en esta casa.
6.
A word or phrase restricted in usage to literature or established writing (e.g. sex, once upon a time).
(literary)
(wicked)
a. vil
A word or phrase restricted in usage to literature or established writing (e.g. sex, once upon a time).
(literary)
Unhand that damsel, foul villain!¡Suelta esa doncella, vil bribón!
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
7. (to make dirty)
a. ensuciar (dog)
Don't let your dog foul my lawn, please.No deje a su perro ensuciar el césped, por favor.
b. contaminar
The mill has fouled the water of this river that used to be full of fish.La fábrica ha contaminado el agua de este río que antes estaba repleto de peces.
8. (sports)
a. cometer una falta contra
The center fouled the guard while he was trying to take a shot.El pívot cometió una falta contra el escolta mientras intentaba tirar.
b. faulear
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
You have to stop fouling people or we're going to lose the game.Tienes que dejar de faulear a la gente o vamos a perder el partido.
9. (to entangle)
a. enredar
If you don't give that buoy enough space, the line is going to foul the propellor.Si no le das bastante espacio a esa boya, el cabo va a enredar la hélice.
10. (to block)
a. obstruir
Some sediment fouled the pipe, so the water couldn't get through.Algún sedimento obstruyó el tubo, y el agua no podía pasar.
11. (nautical)
a. chocar contra
One of the boats fouled another at the very end of the race.Uno de los barcos chocó contra otro justo al final de la regata.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
12. (to become entangled)
a. enredarse
Don't cast the lure so close to the shore. It's going to foul on the rocks.No lances el señuelo tan cerca de la orilla. Va a enredarse en las rocas.
13. (sports)
a. cometer faltas
It's better to foul right now than to let the clock run.Es mejor cometer faltas ahora que dejar que pase el tiempo.
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foul
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (sport)
a. la falta
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
2. (disgusting; smell, taste)
a. asqueroso(a)
3. (weather)
a. espantoso(a)
to be in a foul temperestar de un humor de perros
to be foul to somebodytratar muy mal or
foul airaire viciado
foul breathaliento fétido
foul languagelenguaje soez
4. (illegal)
a. (sport)
foul playjuego sucio
5. (law)
a.
foul play is not suspectedno hay sospecha de que exista un acto delictivo
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
6. (general)
a.
to smell/taste fouloler/saber asqueroso(a) or
to fall foul of the lawtener problemas con la ley
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
7. (make dirty)
a. ensuciar
8. (pollute)
a. contaminar
9. (entangle)
a.
weeds had fouled the propellerunas algas atascaron la hélice
10. (sport)
a.
to foul somebodyhacerle (una) falta a alguien
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foul [faʊl]
adjective
fouler (comparative)foulest (superlative)
1 (disgusting) [+place] asqueroso; [+smell] pestilente; fétido; [+taste] repugnante; asqueroso
does it taste as foul as it smells?
2 (bad) [+water] sucio; contaminado; [+air] viciado; [+breath] fétido
3 (nasty) [+weather] de perros (informal); malísimo
it's a foul day hace un día de perros (informal); hace un día malísimo; I've had a foul day he tenido un día malísimo; he tenido un día de perros (informal); he was in a foul mood estaba de un humor de perros (informal); you were foul to me yesterday ayer te portaste fatal conmigo (informal); she has a foul temper tiene muy malas pulgas (informal); tiene un genio de mil demonios (informal)
4 (obscene) ordinario; grosero
I winced at their foul language he was yelling foul obscenities at her he had heard these foul jokes a thousand times
to use foul language decir groserías
he was sent off for using foul language in a match last Sunday
to have a foul mouth ser mal hablado
5 (base, immoral) [+lie, calumny, crime] vil; terrible
they are foul lies put about by his enemies He is a foul degenerate who must be stopped
6 (Dep) [+shot, ball] nulo; [+blow, tackle] sucio; [+kick] antirreglamentario
With the score 75-75, Bob Davis hit two foul shots A new baseball rule stated that a foul tip caught after two strikes constituted a third strike
7 (in phrases)
someone is sure to cry foul es seguro que alguien dice que no hemos jugado limpio
Horses are not machines and you cannot cry foul every time one is beaten Brust is referring to UAW efforts to convince Caterpillar customers to shop elsewhere # The UAW is crying foul, saying Caterpillar is trying to bust their union The Croatian defense units mount their guns closer and closer to civilian targets and then cry foul when the federal army strikes a school or a church
to fall foul of sb ponerse a malas con algn; to fall foul of the law enfrentarse con la justicia; vérselas con la ley (informal)
John Butcher's son, arrested last week on a drink-driving charge, is just the latest in a line of MPs' offspring who have fallen foul of the law in an emergency you might consider looking swiftly around you to see what could be turned into a weapon - a stone or fallen branch, a chair, cushion, or glass of water. However, again you might fall foul of the law which, in Britain, is very strict about how much force you may use to defend yourself he's fallen foul of the law several times in his career I just thank God our own shildren haven't fallen foul of the law
noun
(Dep) falta (f);on contra;
transitive verb
1 (pollute) [+air] viciar; contaminar; [+water] contaminar; (dirty) ensuciar
the dog fouled the pavement el perro ensució la acera
2 (Dep) [+opponent] cometer una falta contra
3 (entangle) [+fishing line, net, rope] enredar
something had fouled the propellers algo se había enredado en las hélices; the boat had fouled her anchor el ancla del barco se había atascado
4 (block) [+pipe] atascar; obstruir
5 (Náut) (hit) chocar contra
intransitive verb
1 (Dep) cometer faltas
2 (become entangled) [+fishing line, rope, nets] enredarse
modifier
foul play (n) (Dep) jugada (f) antirreglamentaria; juego (m) sucio
the police suspect foul play (Jur) la policía sospecha que se trata de un crimen
foul play has not been ruled out there doesn't seem to have been any question of foul play in Sarah's death
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foul
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Usage note
This word may also be spelled "faul."
foul(
fool
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (sports)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. foul
No puedo creer que el árbitro no le diera una tarjeta roja a ese jugador. Eso fue claramente un foul.I can't believe the referee didn't give that player a red card. That was clearly a foul.
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Phrases with "foul"
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foul play
el acto delictivo, el juego sucio
personal foul
la falta personal
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