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 Both were charged with technical fouls after the altercation. Aaron Ontiveroz, The Denver Post, 12 May 2024 What’s interesting is Davis said the review would’ve only resulted in a technical foul for Murray, not an ejection. Jace Frederick, Twin Cities, 7 May 2024 Beverley did not receive a technical foul and was not ejected from Thursday’s game, but does face a possible fine and/or suspension. Chuck Schilken, Los Angeles Times, 3 May 2024 However, a North Little Rock player was assessed a technical foul with 1.6 seconds showing after spiking the ball immediately after the turnover. Erick Taylor,, 29 Feb. 2024 See all Example Sentences for technical foul 

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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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“Technical foul.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jun. 2024.

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