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Pronunciation: /ˈkrɪkɪt
 
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noun

1An insect related to the grasshoppers but with shorter legs. The male produces a characteristic musical chirping sound.
  • Family Gryllidae: many genera and species, including the field cricket and the house cricket
Example sentences
  • The warm summer air whipped through Chris' open window blowing with it the sounds of crickets chirping.
  • The only sound heard was crickets, chirping their nightly tunes hidden somewhere in the darkness.
  • She sniffed delicately as her ears moved to the sounds of crickets chirping.
1.1Used in names of insects of related families, e.g. bush cricket, mole cricket.
Example sentences
  • The second family includes some but by no means all of the insects which bear the name cricket.

Origin

Middle English: from Old French criquet, from criquer 'to crackle', of imitative origin.

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  • This word is first recorded in an official document of 1598 in which a man of 59 swears that when he was a schoolboy he used to play cricket and other games on a particular bit of land in Guildford, Surrey. This would take the game back to the reign of Henry VIII. Cricket would have been very different then: the bats were more like hockey sticks, the wicket consisted of two stumps with one long bail and the ball was trundled along the ground rather than ‘bowled’ in the way that we understand. The word appears to be closely related to French criquet ‘a stick’, although whether this originally referred to the wicket or the bat is not entirely clear. The idea of cricket being the epitome of honourable behaviour, as in ‘It's just not cricket!’, dates from the mid 19th century. In 1867 The Cricketer's Companion told its readers: ‘Do not ask the umpire unless you think the batsman is out; it is not cricket to keep asking the umpire questions.’The other cricket, the grasshopper-like insect, is a completely different word. It comes from Old French criquet ‘a cricket’, based on criquer ‘to crackle, click, or creak’, probably suggesting the chirping sound the insect makes. See also oaf

Words that rhyme with cricket

midwicket, picket, picquet, piquet, pricket, snicket, thicket, ticket, wicket

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Pronunciation: /ˈkrɪkɪt
 
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noun

[mass noun]
An open-air game played on a large grass field with ball, bats, and two wickets, between teams of eleven players, the object of the game being to score more runs than the opposition: [as modifier]: a cricket bat
More example sentences
  • The village has a good sports field with football and cricket teams.
  • So many runs in three days of cricket can't be a good wicket for Test match cricket.
  • The lack of patience from their batsmen has often been the bane of Bangladesh's cricket team.

Cricket is played mainly in Britain and in territories formerly under British rule, such as Australia, South Africa, the West Indies, New Zealand, and the Indian subcontinent. The full game with two innings per side can last several days; shorter single-innings matches are usual at amateur level and have become popular at professional level since the 1960s

Origin

late 16th century: of unknown origin.

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  • This word is first recorded in an official document of 1598 in which a man of 59 swears that when he was a schoolboy he used to play cricket and other games on a particular bit of land in Guildford, Surrey. This would take the game back to the reign of Henry VIII. Cricket would have been very different then: the bats were more like hockey sticks, the wicket consisted of two stumps with one long bail and the ball was trundled along the ground rather than ‘bowled’ in the way that we understand. The word appears to be closely related to French criquet ‘a stick’, although whether this originally referred to the wicket or the bat is not entirely clear. The idea of cricket being the epitome of honourable behaviour, as in ‘It's just not cricket!’, dates from the mid 19th century. In 1867 The Cricketer's Companion told its readers: ‘Do not ask the umpire unless you think the batsman is out; it is not cricket to keep asking the umpire questions.’The other cricket, the grasshopper-like insect, is a completely different word. It comes from Old French criquet ‘a cricket’, based on criquer ‘to crackle, click, or creak’, probably suggesting the chirping sound the insect makes. See also oaf

Phrases

a cricket score

1
British informal
(In sports other than cricket) an unusually high score: England looked set to run up a cricket score when they went four tries ahead
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  • With Kyogle in last place Ballina should also win by a cricket score.
  • Paul Thorman converted both and, rather than rattling up a cricket score, York were only 24-12 ahead at the break.
  • Two minutes later, the home side were in again and a cricket score looked on the cards.

not cricket

2
British informal Something contrary to traditional standards of fairness or rectitude: an appeal by the Crown against too lenient a sentence is simply not cricket
More example sentences
  • Critics will argue that such a deliberate attempt to dupe the press - especially by fellow journalists - is simply not cricket.
  • Blustering racial epithets simply is not cricket, and it's a positive move by the ICC to punish offenders.
  • This caused a considerable diplomatic and press furore and coined the term ‘It's not cricket!’

Derivatives

cricketer

1
noun
Example sentences
  • He made a distinguished television programme about cricketer Colin Cowdrey.
  • Towards the end of his life, from a whole century of cricketers, he selected the very finest twelve for his ideal team.
  • England's cricketers could hardly get any decent cricket before the Ashes.

cricketing

2
adjective
Example sentences
  • Australian cricketing hero Shane Warne was awarded Overseas Sports Personality of the Year.
  • Why did you choose cricket and how did you develop your cricketing abilities as a youngster?
  • That is why the basic lesson we teach the young players in the cricketing academies around the world is to forge and sustain the team spirit.

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Syllabification: crick·et
Pronunciation: /ˈkrikit/

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noun

A low stool, typically with a rectangular or oval seat and four legs splayed out.

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