free throw


Definition of free throw

: an unhindered shot in basketball made from behind a set line and awarded because of a foul by an opponent

Examples of free throw in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the final year of his rookie contract, Brunson improved to career-highs 16.3 points, 84% free throw shooting, 58.3% true shooting, 4.8 assists, 3.9 rebounds, and 31.9 minutes played per contest during the regular season. Dana Scott, The Arizona Republic, 1 May 2022 Only Johnson and Garland have averaged better than 20 points, 8.0 assists, 46% shooting and 90% free throw shooting in a season. Robert Fenbers, cleveland, 20 Mar. 2022 After fighting their way back into it, the Spurs won it with clutch free throw shooting. Tom Orsborn, San Antonio Express-News, 11 Mar. 2022 By the numbers: Hoover made 8-of-13 from 3-point range (61.5 percent) and its 19-of-24 free throw shooting was outstanding at 79.2 percent. Dennis Victory, al, 5 Mar. 2022 The Hoosiers are 13th in conference play in 3-point shooting (31.2%) and free throw shooting (68.4%). Scott Horner, The Indianapolis Star, 17 Feb. 2022 North’s downfall was free throw shooting (10 of 18) and turnovers (15). Brad Emons, Detroit Free Press, 19 Jan. 2022 Louisville entered Sunday's game as a 73% free throw shooting team but couldn't convert against the Yellow Jackets. Cameron Teague Robinson, The Courier-Journal, 2 Jan. 2022 Poor shooting luck bled over into free throw shooting as USU made just 17 of 28 shots from the charity stripe. The Salt Lake Tribune, 2 Dec. 2021 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'free throw.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of free throw

1891, in the meaning defined above

Learn More About free throw

Time Traveler for free throw

Time Traveler

The first known use of free throw was in 1891

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near free throw

free thought

free throw

free throw lane

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for free throw

Last Updated

17 May 2022

Cite this Entry

“Free throw.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More from Merriam-Webster on free throw Encyclopedia article about free throw


Test Your Vocabulary

Name That Food

  • a-light
  • Name these cookies!
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!