Definition of wicket in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈwɪkɪt/


1 Cricket Each of the sets of three stumps with two bails across the top at either end of the pitch, defended by a batsman.
Example sentences
  • But if the bowler can knock the bails off the wickets, the batsman is out.
  • Yes, it's the fast bowler strutting his stuff: running up to the wicket; wrecking a batsman's stumps.
  • It was there that Robert and his pupils played cricket on a pitch marked out by wickets of willow sticks.
1.1The prepared strip of ground between two sets of stumps: when they inspected the wicket, they found it being rolled by some prisoners
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  • You can spend some time at the crease, get used to the bowler's action, the ground, the wicket.
  • So we sat around while a new wicket was prepared and cut, which was the only way of playing.
  • It thus becomes important for us to prepare fast and bouncy wickets at home, so that our batsmen get used to these surfaces.
1.2The dismissal of a batsman; each of ten dismissals regarded as marking a division of a side’s innings: Darlington won by four wickets
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  • Man-of-the-match Hill snatched four quick wickets as the home side found themselves in disarray on 47-6.
  • Dringhouses maintained their good start in division two as they beat a fancied Sewerby side by four wickets.
  • He took 2-37 and then rapped out 61 off only 36 balls with 12 fours as his side won by seven wickets.
2 (also wicket door or wicket gate) A small door or gate, especially one beside or in a larger one.
Example sentences
  • The style of the gate should match the house: a wicket gate would look out of place in a smart city setting, whereas antique wrought iron might lead to expectations that a cottage garden fails to meet.
  • Outside in the yard was a storm water drain which was used as an urinal and a water barrel for collecting the water from the roof and the slated stone buildings, a wicket gate leading to a dry toilet at the and of the garden.
  • Hastily, the girl slid backwards on hands and knees behind the nearest tree, and watched as they opened the wicket gate and walked down the track deeper into the forest.
2.1North American An opening in a door or wall, often fitted with glass or a grille and used for selling tickets or a similar purpose.
Example sentences
  • As to privacy, Mr Husain complained of the wicket in the door.
  • The barred wicket opened and shut, and the door creaked ajar.
3North American A croquet hoop.
Example sentences
  • Each player takes a croquet mallet and must only use the striking end, not the side, when moving their ball through the croquet wickets.
  • The wickets are metal or wire pieces that look like miniature arches and are located throughout the croquet course.



at the wicket

1Batting: the batsman remained at the wicket
More example sentences
  • With the Humpleby brothers both having suffered injuries in the field during the first innings, and unlikely to be able to bat if required, it was in effect the last two Park batsmen who were at the wicket when the winning run was scored.
  • He then grabbed 5-63, but Circle squeezed home with the last two batsmen at the wicket.
  • When the ball is dead he shall inform the other umpire, the batsmen at the wicket and, as soon as practicable, the captain of the batting side of what has occurred.
2By the wicketkeeper: he was caught at the wicket chasing a wide one
More example sentences
  • His rich vein had to be tapped as soon as possible and sure enough Botham raised English spirits by having Wood, who struck the first two balls from the Somerset all-rounder for four, caught at the wicket in the third over.
  • Even when Atherton was caught at the wicket off a feeble defensive prod, there was little to suggest that, if England's ship had been holed, the watertight doors would not hold.
  • He was given out caught at the wicket, but the left-hander gave the impression that the ball had touched his shoulder before travelling to the wicketkeeper.

keep wicket

Cricket Be a wicketkeeper.
Example sentences
  • He was still a world class batsman when he was keeping wicket.
  • Griffith himself later kept wicket for England in two of his three Tests in 1948 and 1949.

lose a wicket

Cricket (Of the batting side) have a batsman dismissed: the tourists lost their last seven wickets for 94
More example sentences
  • Leicestershire, at last, showed some backbone to their batting, managing to see out the day without losing a wicket - a notable performance after their double capitulation against Durham last week.
  • The Keighley side lost a wicket without a run on the board then progressed to 15-1 when play halted.
  • The home side lost a wicket with the score on 16 and then proceeded to hit the ball to all parts of the ground.

a sticky wicket

Cricket A pitch that has been drying after rain and is difficult to bat on.
Example sentences
  • Supporters heading to today's game at Wandella would be pleased to know that the rain also failed to turn Wandella Road into a sticky wicket.
  • True, it spoke without much inflection, as if reporting a cricket score from a sticky wicket.
  • The Bears were sent in on a sticky wicket and were soon in trouble at 3-7.
informal4.1 A tricky or awkward situation: I might be on a sticky wicket if I used that line
More example sentences
  • The controlling group needs to know they are going to be on a sticky wicket with this.
  • With increasing education levels, and rising standards of living (with rising expectations) China's fascist rulers are on a sticky wicket.
  • The Democratic Presidential nominee, who has been railing against outsourcing, is walking on a sticky wicket on the issue.

over the wicket

Cricket (Referring to which side of the wicket a bowler runs when bowling) to the left of the wicket if a right-handed bowler and the right of the wicket if a left-handed bowler.
Example sentences
  • Fifteen of his deliveries pitched on or outside leg stump, but 14 of those were to left-handers from over the wicket, which meant that the angle of delivery would have forced the batsmen to play at them.
  • Shifting to the pavilion end, reverting to over the wicket, he speared one on middle stump and managed to break it just enough.
  • When, briefly Warne switched back to over the wicket after tea, Pietersen hit him straight for six and on-drove him for four.

round the wicket

Cricket (Referring to which side of the wicket a bowler runs when bowling) to the right of the wicket if a right-handed bowler and the left of the wicket if a left-handed bowler.
Example sentences
  • Bowling round the wicket and attacking the rough, Benaud took 6 for 70 to secure a series-levelling 54-run win, and Australia went on to retain the Ashes.
  • He's been bowling round the wicket to Katich, but comes back over.
  • After Sidhu tonked him for one huge six, Warne changed to bowling round the wicket.

take a wicket

Cricket (Of a bowler or a fielding side) dismiss a batsman.
Example sentences
  • He quite rightly deserved a standing ovation from the 1000-strong crowd, and he also received a smattering of applause from the Zimbabwe bowlers, who were relieved at finally taking a wicket.
  • Hat tricks, in which a bowler takes a wicket with three consecutive balls, are fairly uncommon.
  • He was the only Wharfedale bowler to take a wicket, finishing with five for 34 as the other three wickets in a total of 160 for eight fell to run outs.


Middle English (in the sense 'small door or grille'): from Anglo-Norman French and Old Northern French wiket; origin uncertain, usually referred to the Germanic root of Old Norse vīkja 'to turn, move'. Cricket senses date from the late 17th century.

Words that rhyme with wicket

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

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