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 Quick Test

A WAY TO REMEMBER FOWL

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