- See under cricket1(def 1).
Origin of field cricket
- 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).
- a small metal toy with a flat metal spring that snaps back and forth with a clicking, cricketlike noise when pressed.
Origin of cricket1
Examples from the Web for field cricket
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.Social Life in the Insect World
J. H. Fabre
- 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
- any of various related insects, such as the mole cricket
- 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
- (as modifier)a cricket bat
- not cricket informal not fair play
- to play cricket
- a small low stool
Word Origin and History for field cricket
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."
Idioms and Phrases with field cricket
see not cricket.