befoul

  • 1 Befoul — Be*foul , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Befouled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Befouling}.] [Cf. AS. bef?lan; pref. be + f?lan to foul. See {Foul}, a.] 1. To make foul; to soil. [1913 Webster] 2. To entangle or run against so as to impede motion. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 befoul — index contaminate, corrupt, debase, infect, pillory, pollute, stain, taint (contaminate) …

    Law dictionary

  • 3 befoul — early 14c., from BE (Cf. be ) + FOUL (Cf. foul) (v.). Related: Befouled; befouling …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 befoul — foul, dirty, sully, *soil, smirch, besmirch, grime, begrime, tarnish Analogous words: *spot, spatter, sprinkle …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 5 befoul — [bē foul′, bifoul′] vt. [ME befoulen < OE befylan: see BE & FOUL] 1. to make filthy; dirty; soil 2. to cast aspersions on; slander befoulment n …

    English World dictionary

  • 6 befoul — transitive verb Date: before 12th century 1. to make foul (as with dirt or waste) 2. sully, soil, besmirch < scandal befouled his reputation > …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 7 befoul — befouler, n. befoulment, n. /bi fowl /, v.t. to make dirty or filthy; soil; defile; sully: a bird that befouls its own nest. [1275 1325; ME bi foulen. See BE , FOUL] * * * …

    Universalium

  • 8 befoul — verb a) To make foul; to soil. b) To entangle or run against so as to impede motion. See Also: foul, afoul …

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  • 9 befoul — Synonyms and related words: abuse, afflict, aggrieve, benasty, bespatter, bewitch, blacken, blight, condemn, contaminate, convert, corrupt, crucify, curse, damage, debase, defalcate, defame, defile, denigrate, deprave, desecrate, despoil, destroy …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 10 befoul — (Roget s Thesaurus II) verb 1. To make dirty: begrime, besmirch, besoil, black, blacken, defile, dirty, smudge, smutch, soil, sully. See CLEAN. 2. To contaminate the reputation of: besmear, besmirch, bespatter, blacken, cloud, denigrate, dirty,… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 11 befoul — be·foul || bɪ faÊŠl v. ruin; desecrate; soil …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 12 befoul — verb make dirty; pollute …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 13 befoul — v. a. Soil, pollute, daggle, draggle, foul, bemire, dirty. See bedaub …

    New dictionary of synonyms

  • 14 befoul — be·foul …

    English syllables

  • 15 befoul — be•foul [[t]bɪˈfaʊl[/t]] v. t. to make dirty or filthy; soil; defile • Etymology: 1275–1325 be•foul′er, n. be•foul′ment, n …

    From formal English to slang

  • 16 befoul — /bəˈfaʊl/ (say buh fowl), /bi / (say bee ) verb (t) to make foul; defile; sully. {Middle English bi foulen} …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 17 befoul —   Ho opaumā ele, ho opelapela, ho ohaumia …

    English-Hawaiian dictionary

  • 18 befoul — v.tr. poet. 1 make foul or dirty. 2 degrade; defile (befouled her name) …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 19 Befouled — Befoul Be*foul , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Befouled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Befouling}.] [Cf. AS. bef?lan; pref. be + f?lan to foul. See {Foul}, a.] 1. To make foul; to soil. [1913 Webster] 2. To entangle or run against so as to impede motion. [1913… …

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  • 20 Befouling — Befoul Be*foul , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Befouled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Befouling}.] [Cf. AS. bef?lan; pref. be + f?lan to foul. See {Foul}, a.] 1. To make foul; to soil. [1913 Webster] 2. To entangle or run against so as to impede motion. [1913… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English