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Meaning of cricket by Wiktionary Dictionary


    An Australian brown field cricket


    • ( UK, US ) IPA: /ˈkɹɪk.ɪt/, X-SAMPA: /"krIk.It/
    • Rhymes: -ɪkɪt

    Etymology 1

    From Old French criquet, from criquer ( “to make a cracking sound” ) .


    cricket ( plural: crickets )

    1. An insect in the order Orthoptera that makes a chirping sound by rubbing its wing casings against combs on its hind legs .
    2. A wooden footstool .
    3. A signalling device used by soldiers in hostile territory to identify themselves to a friendly in low visibility conditions
    4. A relatively small area of a roof constructed to divert water from a horizontal intersection of the roof with a chimney, wall, expansion joint or other projection .
    5. ( US slang, in the plural: ) Absolute silence; no communication. See crickets .
    Derived terms

    Etymology 2

    Perhaps from a Flemish dialect of Dutch met 'with' de 'the' krik ketsen 'to ricochet', i.e. "to chase a ball with a crook".[1]

    People playing cricket


    cricket ( uncountable )

    1. ( sports ) A game played outdoors with bats and a ball between two teams of eleven, popular in England and many Commonwealth countries .
    2. ( 主にUK ) An act that is fair and sportsmanlike, derived from the sport .
      That player's foul wasn't cricket!
    Usage notes

    The sense "An act that is fair and sportsmanlike" is always used in negative constructions and is not restricted to sports usage .

    See also

Explanation of cricket by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. play cricket

    1. a game played with a ball and bat by two teams of 11 players

    2. leaping insect

    Definition of cricket by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Cricket ( kr?k?t ), n. [OE. criket, OF. crequet, criquet; prob. of German origin, and akin to E. creak; cf. D. kriek a cricket. See Creak.] ( Zool. ) An orthopterous insect of the genus Gryllus, and allied genera. The males make chirping, musical notes by rubbing together the basal parts of the veins of the front wings.

      ☞ The common European cricket is Gryllus domesticus; the common large black crickets of America are Gryllus niger, Gryllus neglectus, and others.

      Balm cricket. See under Balm. -- Cricket bird, a small European bird ( Silvia locustella ); -- called also grasshopper warbler. -- Cricket frog, a small American tree frog ( Acris gryllus ); -- so called from its chirping.

    2. Cricket, n. [AS. cricc, crycc, crooked staff, crutch. Perh. first used in sense 1, a stool probably having been first used as a wicket. See Crutch.]
      1. A low stool.

      2. A game much played in England, and sometimes in America, with a ball, bats, and wickets, the players being arranged in two contesting parties or sides.

      3. ( Arch. ) A small false roof, or the raising of a portion of a roof, so as to throw off water from behind an obstacle, such as a chimney.

    3. Cricket, v. i. To play at cricket. Tennyson.