early 13c., "small door or gate," from Anglo-Fr. wiket
, from O.N.Fr. wiket
) "wicket, wicket gate," probably from P.Gmc. *wik-
(cf. O.N. vik
"nook") related to O.E. wican
"to give way, yield" (see weak
). The notion is of "something that turns." Cricket sense of "set of three sticks defended by the batsman" is recorded from 1733.