Defoul
Defoul \De*foul"\, v. t. [See {Defile}, v. t.] 1. To tread down. [Obs.] --Wyclif. [1913 Webster]

2. To make foul; to defile. [Obs.] --Wyclif. [1913 Webster]


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  • defoul — /di fowlˈ/ (obsolete) transitive verb To make foul, defile ORIGIN: OE fūl foul, with de from confusion with OFr defouler to trample; cf ↑defile2 …   Useful english dictionary

  • défoul — (entrée créée par le supplément) (dé foul) s. m. Nom, dans le pays d Avranches, des vergers plantés de pommiers. •   Vente : 1° un verger ou défoul, planté de pommiers..., l Avranchin, 17 oct. 1875. •   Dans les vergers ou défouls on plante… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • defoul — v. a. RG. 536 …   Oldest English Words

  • defile — ‘make dirty’ [14] and defile ‘narrow pass’ [17] are distinct words in English. The former has a rather complex history. It was originally acquired in the 13th century as defoul, borrowed from Old French defouler ‘trample down, injure’; this was a …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • defile — ‘make dirty’ [14] and defile ‘narrow pass’ [17] are distinct words in English. The former has a rather complex history. It was originally acquired in the 13th century as defoul, borrowed from Old French defouler ‘trample down, injure’; this was a …   Word origins

  • Defile — De*file (d[ e]*f[imac]l ), v. t. [OE. defoulen, foilen, to tread down, OF. defouler; de + fouler to trample (see {Full}, v. t.), and OE. defoulen to foul (influenced in form by the older verb defoilen). See {File} to defile, {Foul}, {Defoul}.] 1 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • defile — de|file1 [dıˈfaıl] v [T] formal [Date: 1300 1400; Origin: defoul to crush with the feet, make dirty (13 17 centuries), from Old French defouler, from fouler to step on ] to make something less pure and good, especially by showing no respect ▪… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • defile — defile1 [dɪ fʌɪl] verb sully, mar, or spoil. ↘desecrate or profane (something sacred). ↘archaic rape or sexually assault (a woman). Derivatives defilement noun defiler noun Origin ME: alt. of obs. defoul, from OFr. defouler trample down ,… …   English new terms dictionary

  • defile — Ⅰ. defile [1] ► VERB 1) make dirty; spoil or pollute. 2) desecrate. DERIVATIVES defilement noun defiler noun. ORIGIN alteration of obsolete defoul, from Old French defouler trample down …   English terms dictionary

  • defilement — Ⅰ. defile [1] ► VERB 1) make dirty; spoil or pollute. 2) desecrate. DERIVATIVES defilement noun defiler noun. ORIGIN alteration of obsolete defoul, from Old French defouler trample down …   English terms dictionary

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