Foul or Fowl?

Our most common search themes:
apostrophe
semicolon
adjective
verb


What is the difference between foul and fowl?

Foul is an adjective used to describe something revolting or distasteful. Foul is also a noun to denote unfair play in sport.
  • In fair weather, you must prepare for foul weather. (Thomas Fuller)
  • "That was a foul, referee."
Fowl is a noun that refers to birds, namely gamefowl, landfowl, and waterfowl.
  • Many birds that are eaten by humans are fowl, including poultry such as chickens or turkeys.

Foul

The adjective foul describes something repulsive. In sport, the noun foul is a violation of the rules of the game.

Examples:
  • It is better to use fair means and fail than foul means and conquer. (Sallust)
  • Golf is the only game I know where you call a foul on yourself. (Joe Torre)

Fowl

The noun fowl describes birds. Fowl can be barnyard, domesticated, or wild birds.

Examples:
  • People always say "Etta, you know what your problem is? You're neither fish nor fowl. There is no place to rack you." (Etta James)
  • Many languages do not distinguish between "poultry" and "fowl."
 
 
A WAY TO REMEMBER FOWL

Let the owl in fowl remind you that fowl is a bird.





What are adjectives? What are nouns? List of easily confused words

More Free Help...

All the lessons and tests on Grammar Monster are free. Here's some more free help:

Follow Us on Twitter Follow us on Twitter
Like us on Facebook Follow us on Facebook
by Craig Shrives Follow us on Google+
mail tip Sign up for our daily tip emails
Chat about grammar Ask a grammar question
Search Search this site

Buy Some Help...

Too busy to read everything on Grammar Monster? Here are the paid services we recommend to learn grammar and to keep your writing error free:

Paste your text into Grammarly's online interface for corrections and recommendations. (Free trial available)

Press F2 while using Word, PowerPoint, etc., for corrections and recommendations. (Free trial available)

Send your text to a trained editor and grammar geek for checking. (Free trial available)

Learn English (or another language) with a state-of-the-art program. (Free trial available)

Buy Our Book...

Buy "Grammar Rules: Writing with Military Precision" by Craig Shrives (founder of Grammar Monster).


More info...