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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
early Dutch
1590-1600
1590-1600; < Middle French criquet goal post, perhaps < early Dutch krick(e) arm, crosspiece, gallows
Related forms
cricketer, noun
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  • In his latter years as a cricketer, he has written for a number of newspapers.
British Dictionary definitions for cricketer

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 cricketer

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 cricketer

cricket

Related Terms

not cricket


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

cricket

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