technical foul


Definition of 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

Examples of technical foul in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As Jeff Van Gundy noted during Tuesday’s Game 4 broadcast: Alex Caruso says one bad thing, and, boom, technical foul. Ira Winderman,, "ASK IRA: Do Heat need to toss in a curveball against Lakers?," 8 Oct. 2020 Kristaps Porzingis, who was given a double technical foul and ejection. Mark Medina, USA TODAY, "Mavs' Luka Dončić called his play 'terrible' despite setting record for most points in NBA playoff debut," 18 Aug. 2020 In Game 3, Howard received a technical foul after a blatant foul against Jokic. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, "Lakers center Dwight Howard appreciates moments of joy during rough time," 23 Sep. 2020 Harden made the free throw after the technical foul to give the Rockets a 54-52 lead with 2:29 left in the first half. Matt Young, Houston Chronicle, "Chris Paul criticizes official Scott Foster after loss to Rockets," 3 Sep. 2020 Allemand sank the technical foul shot with 48 seconds left in the quarter. Akeem Glaspie, The Indianapolis Star, "Indiana Fever's playoff hopes end after eighth straight loss," 9 Sep. 2020 Foster, who has a long history with both the Rockets’ James Harden and Paul, whistled the Oklahoma City point guard for a delay of game that resulted in a technical foul shortly before halftime of the Rockets’ 104-102 Game 7 win Wednesday night. Matt Young, Houston Chronicle, "Chris Paul criticizes official Scott Foster after loss to Rockets," 3 Sep. 2020 Midway through the third, referees assessed Porzingis a technical foul for his reaction to Marcus Morris Sr. Callie Caplan, Dallas News, "3 thoughts on Mavs’ loss to Clippers: Dallas misses upset chance in Game 1 despite Doncic’s record debut," 18 Aug. 2020 There's no call as Bam Adebayo runs over Victor Oladipo, who picks up a technical foul with 2:40 to go. Scott Horner, The Indianapolis Star, "NBA playoffs 2020: Pacers fall to Heat 109-100 in Game 2," 20 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of technical foul

1896, in the meaning defined above

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“Technical foul.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of technical foul

basketball : a foul that involves improper behavior or language rather than physical contact with an opponent

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