Foul or Fowl?
The Quick AnswerWhat 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."
- Many birds that are eaten by humans are fowl, including poultry such as chickens or turkeys.
FoulThe adjective foul describes something repulsive. In sport, the noun foul is a violation of the rules of the game.
- 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)
FowlThe noun fowl describes birds. Fowl can be barnyard, domesticated, or wild birds.
- 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."