foule

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English[edit]

Adjective[edit]

foule ‎(comparative more foule, superlative most foule)

  1. Obsolete form of foul.
    • 1590 Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, Book I, Canto I:
      The Patron of true Holinesse
      foule Errour doth defeate;
      Hypocrisie him to entrappe
       doth to his home entreate.

French[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle French foule(group of men, people collectively), alteration (due to Middle French foule(act of treading)) of Old French foulc(people, multitude, crowd, troop), from Vulgar Latin, from Frankish *folc, *fulc(crowd, multitude, people), from Proto-Germanic *fulką(collection or class of people, multitude; host of warriors), perhaps from Proto-Indo-European *pelə-(to fill). Cognate with Old High German folc(people collectively, nation), Old English folc(common people, troop, multitude). More at folk.

Noun[edit]

foule f ‎(plural foules)

  1. crowd
  2. the thronging of a crowd
  3. a great number, multitude, mass; host

Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle French foule(the act of milling clothes or hats) and fouler(to trample, mill, fordo, mistreat), from Old French foler(to crush, act wickedly), from Latin fullō(I trample, I full). More at full.

Noun[edit]

foule f ‎(plural foules)

  1. the act or process of treading or milling
  2. oppression, vexation

Verb[edit]

foule

  1. first-person singular present indicative of fouler
  2. third-person singular present indicative of fouler
  3. first-person singular present subjunctive of fouler
  4. first-person singular present subjunctive of fouler
  5. second-person singular imperative of fouler

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German[edit]

Verb[edit]

foule

  1. First-person singular present of foulen.
  2. First-person singular subjunctive I of foulen.
  3. Third-person singular subjunctive I of foulen.
  4. Imperative singular of foulen.

Norman[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French foulc(people, multitude, crowd, troop), from Vulgar Latin, from Frankish *folc, *fulc(crowd, multitude, people), from Proto-Germanic *fulką(collection or class of people, multitude; host of warriors), perhaps from Proto-Indo-European *pelə-(to fill).

Noun[edit]

foule f ‎(plural foules)

  1. (Jersey) crowd

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