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cricket1

[krik-it] /ˈkrɪk ɪt/
noun
1.
any of several jumping, orthopterous insects of the family Gryllidae, characterized by long antennae and stridulating organs on the forewings of the male, as one of the species commonly found in pastures and meadows (field cricket) or on trees and shrubs (tree cricket)
2.
a small metal toy with a flat metal spring that snaps back and forth with a clicking, cricketlike noise when pressed.
Origin
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English criket insect < Old French criquet, equivalent to criqu(er) to creak (imitative) + -et -et
Related forms
cricketlike, adjective

cricket2

[krik-it] /ˈkrɪk ɪt/
noun
1.
a game, popular especially in England, for two teams of 11 members each that is played on a field having two wickets 22 yards (20 meters) apart, the object being to score runs by batting the ball far enough so that one is enabled to exchange wickets with the batsman defending the opposite wicket before the ball is recovered.
2.
fair play; honorable conduct:
It wouldn't be cricket to look at his cards.
verb (used without object)
3.
to play cricket.
Origin
1590-1600; < Middle French criquet goal post, perhaps < early Dutch krick(e) arm, crosspiece, gallows
Related forms
cricketer, noun

cricket3

[krik-it] /ˈkrɪk ɪt/
noun
1.
a small, low stool.
Origin
1635-45; of obscure origin; compare cracket, with same sense

cricket4

[krik-it] /ˈkrɪk ɪt/
noun
1.
(on a sloping roof) a small roof for diverting rain water around an obstruction, as a chimney.
Origin
of uncertain origin
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Examples from the web for cricket
  • There are many humorous episodes including a wonderful cricket match.
  • They sat there cricket and spider, each oblivious to the other.
  • At the entrance to the club is a sports shop, which sells squash rackets and cricket bats.
  • Unlike baseball and football-or their respective precursors of cricket and rugby-basketball is egalitarian.
  • He has never a word to say about cricket or yachting or fox-hunting or horse-racing.
  • The word cricket itself has a definite figurative meaning.
  • He took a keen interest in every form of athletic sport, and played both cricket and football for the school.
  • He resolves the problem by immersing himself in the cricket scores.
  • The family would be teetering from too much food and drink and someone would suggest a game of cricket.
  • For their subjects they chose three types of cricket players, ranging in skill from national champions down to university players.
British Dictionary definitions for cricket

cricket1

/ˈkrɪkɪt/
noun
1.
any insect of the orthopterous family Gryllidae, having long antennae and, in the males, the ability to produce a chirping sound (stridulation) by rubbing together the leathery forewings
2.
any of various related insects, such as the mole cricket
Word Origin
C14: from Old French criquet, from criquer to creak, of imitative origin

cricket2

/ˈkrɪkɪt/
noun
1.
  1. a game played by two teams of eleven players on a field with a wicket at either end of a 22-yard pitch, the object being for one side to score runs by hitting a hard leather-covered ball with a bat while the other side tries to dismiss them by bowling, catching, running them out, etc
  2. (as modifier): a cricket bat
2.
(informal) not cricket, not fair play
verb (intransitive)
3.
to play cricket
Derived Forms
cricketer, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Old French criquet goalpost, wicket, of uncertain origin

cricket3

/ˈkrɪkɪt/
noun
1.
a small low stool
Word Origin
C17: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for cricket
n.

the insect, early 14c., from Old French criquet (12c.) "a cricket," from criquer "to creak, rattle, crackle," of echoic origin.

the game, 1590s, apparently from Old French criquet "goal post, stick," perhaps from Middle Dutch/Middle Flemish cricke "stick, staff," perhaps from the same root as crutch. Sense of "fair play" is first recorded 1851, on notion of "cricket as it should be played."

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Slang definitions & phrases for cricket

cricket

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not cricket


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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