1 [krik-it]
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)
a small metal toy with a flat metal spring that snaps back and forth with a clicking, cricketlike noise when pressed.

1275–1325; Middle English criket insect < Old French criquet, equivalent to criqu(er) to creak (imitative) + -et -et

cricketlike, adjective Unabridged


2 [krik-it]
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.
fair play; honorable conduct: It wouldn't be cricket to look at his cards.
verb (used without object)
to play cricket.

1590–1600; < Middle French criquet goal post, perhaps < early Dutch krick(e) arm, crosspiece, gallows

cricketer, noun


3 [krik-it]
a small, low stool.

1635–45; of obscure origin; compare cracket, with same sense


4 [krik-it]
(on a sloping roof) a small roof for diverting rain water around an obstruction, as a chimney.

of uncertain origin Unabridged
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cricket1 (ˈkrɪkɪt)
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
[C14: from Old French criquet, from criquer to creak, of imitative origin]

cricket2 (ˈkrɪkɪt)
1.  a.  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
 b.  (as modifier): a cricket bat
2.  informal not cricket not fair play
3.  to play cricket
[C16: from Old French criquet goalpost, wicket, of uncertain origin]

cricket3 (ˈkrɪkɪt)
a small low stool
[C17: of unknown origin]

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Word Origin & History

"insect," early 14c., from O.Fr. criquet (12c.), from criquer "to creak, rattle, crackle," of echoic origin.

"game," 1598, apparently from O.Fr. criquet "goal post, stick," perhaps from M.Du./M.Flem. cricke "stick, staff." Sense of "fair play" is first recorded 1851, on notion of "cricket as it should be played."
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Slang Dictionary

cricket definition

  1. mod.
    acceptable. (See negative examples at not cricket.) : Is it really cricket to play under two different names?
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Idioms & Phrases


see not cricket.

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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.
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