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field cricket

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  1. See under cricket1(def 1).
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Origin of field cricket

First recorded in 1590–1600

cricket1

[krik-it]
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.
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Origin of cricket1

1275–1325; Middle English criket insect < Old French criquet, equivalent to criqu(er) to creak (imitative) + -et -et
Related formscrick·et·like, adjective
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Examples from the Web for field cricket

Historical Examples

  • The Field-cricket, however, might with reason entertain apprehensions, for he was as sleek and plump as I was lean and bristly.

    The Cricket's Friends

    Virginia W. Johnson

  • Unlike the house and field-cricket, its head is very small, and of an oblong form.

  • In France, children amuse themselves by hunting the field-cricket.

  • A few little birds warbled among the boughs, and the field-cricket chirped in the bushes.

    The Infidel, Vol. II.

    Robert Montgomery Bird

  • When the Field-Cricket ceases to sing it is not long before the other begins its serenade.


British Dictionary definitions for field cricket

cricket1

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
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Word Origin

C14: from Old French criquet, from criquer to creak, of imitative origin

cricket2

noun
    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
  1. not cricket informal not fair play
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verb (intr)
  1. to play cricket
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Derived Formscricketer, noun

Word Origin

C16: from Old French criquet goalpost, wicket, of uncertain origin

cricket3

noun
  1. a small low stool
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Word Origin

C17: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for field cricket

cricket

n.1

the insect, early 14c., from Old French criquet (12c.) "a cricket," from criquer "to creak, rattle, crackle," of echoic origin.

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cricket

n.2

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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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with field cricket

cricket

see not cricket.

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