from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Foul or dirty matter.
- n. Disgusting garbage or refuse.
- n. A dirty or corrupt condition; foulness.
- n. Something, such as language or printed matter, considered obscene, prurient, or immoral.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. dirt
- n. smut
- n. the police
- n. weeds growing on pasture land
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Foul matter; anything that soils or defiles; dirt; nastiness.
- n. Anything that sullies or defiles the moral character; corruption; pollution.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Anything that soils or defiles; foul, offensive matter; also, the state of being defiled; a foul condition; squalor; nastiness.
- n. Anything that sullies or befouls the moral character; pollution; defilement.
- n. Figuratively, a low or foul fellow; a wretch.
- n. Synonyms Impurity, grossness, obscenity.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any substance considered disgustingly foul or unpleasant
- n. a state characterized by foul or disgusting dirt and refuse
- n. the state of being covered with unclean things
- n. an offensive or indecent word or phrase
Middle English, from Old English fȳlth; see pū̆- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English filth, from Old English fȳlþ ("foulness, filth"), from Proto-Germanic *fūliþō (“foulness, filth”), from Proto-Germanic *fūlaz (“foul, corrupt, dirty, vile”), from Proto-Indo-European *pū- (“rottenness, pus”), equivalent to foul + -th. More at foul. (Wiktionary)