technical foul


: a foul that is assessed to a player, coach, or team typically for unsportsmanlike conduct (such as arguing with an official or taunting an opponent) and does not usually involve physical contact with an opponent while the ball is in play

called also technical

compare personal foul

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web He was whistled for a technical foul before overtime began, giving Boston a rare one-point lead at the start of the extra session. Adam Himmelsbach,, 29 Jan. 2023 A few minutes into the third quarter of the loss to the Wizards, officials whistled Doncic for a technical foul, his second in as many games and 11th of this season. Dallas News, 25 Jan. 2023 McCaffery, notorious for his temper, was called for a technical foul in the first half of Thursday’s game between Iowa and Indiana. Tyler Tachman, The Indianapolis Star, 6 Jan. 2023 Ivey was whistled for a technical foul for the gesture. Detroit Free Press, 19 Dec. 2022 Vanderbilt center Liam Robbins was called for a technical foul for taunting after throwing down a dunk in the second half. Mark Heim |, al, 30 Nov. 2022 No more intentionally grabbing players to stop fast breaks, or else the violator will be assessed a technical foul. Dana Scott, The Arizona Republic, 15 Jan. 2023 But the momentum shifted when Fox was fouled at the buzzer and made one of two free throws and two more when Middletown was assessed a technical foul. Lori Riley, Hartford Courant, 5 Jan. 2023 Freemantle went to the line and made the first free throw to give Xavier a 74-71 lead when UConn head coach Dan Hurley was assessed a technical foul. Adam Baum, The Enquirer, 31 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1896, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of technical foul was in 1896

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Cite this Entry

“Technical foul.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Feb. 2023.

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