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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
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British Dictionary definitions for cricketlike

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 cricketlike

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 cricketlike

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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