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[wik-it] /ˈwɪk ɪt/
a window or opening, often closed by a grating or the like, as in a door, or forming a place of communication in a ticket office, a teller's cage in a bank, etc.
Croquet. a hoop or arch.
a turnstile in an entrance.
a small door or gate, especially one beside, or forming part of, a larger one.
a small gate by which a canal lock is emptied.
a gate by which a flow of water is regulated, as to a waterwheel.
  1. either of the two frameworks, each consisting of three stumps with two bails in grooves across the tops, at which the bowler aims the ball.
  2. the area between the wickets; the playing field.
  3. one batsman's turn at the wicket.
  4. the period during which two players bat together.
  5. a batsman's inning that is not completed or not begun.
to be on / have / bat a sticky wicket, British Slang. to be at or have a disadvantage.
Origin of wicket
1200-50; Middle English wiket < Anglo-French; Old French guischet < Germanic; compare Middle Dutch wiket wicket, equivalent to wik- (akin to Old English wīcan to yield; see weak) + -et noun suffix
Related forms
half-wicket, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for wicket
Historical Examples
  • The first man to approach the wicket was the Director of the Circus.

    The Underdog F. Hopkinson Smith
  • I remembered, however, that Sir Giles had brought me in by a wicket in that gate.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede George MacDonald
  • As we enter, we hear her, standing at the wicket, talking to some one behind the scene.

    The Book of Khalid Ameen Rihani
  • But if you knock I shall be waiting for you, and I will admit you by the wicket.

    The Snare Rafael Sabatini
  • "And here it is," said Cashel, as he unlocked the wicket and flung it wide.

    Roland Cashel Charles James Lever
  • When the kiln is full the wicket is bricked up and daubed over with road-mud.

  • But stay, I heard the wicket close—there is some one coming.

    Roland Cashel Charles James Lever
  • Then I stopped, for the man with the bleary eyes had shut the wicket in my face.

    The Trail of '98

    Robert W. Service
  • Anyway, you'll have to move on and let the others get up to the wicket.

    The Trail of '98

    Robert W. Service
  • He led his guest forth, let him out by the wicket, and returned to the kitchen.

    Two Sides of the Face Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
British Dictionary definitions for wicket


a small door or gate, esp one that is near to or part of a larger one
(US) a small window or opening in a door, esp one fitted with a grating or glass pane, used as a means of communication in a ticket office, bank, etc
a small sluicegate, esp one in a canal lock gate or by a water wheel
(US) a croquet hoop
  1. (cricket) either of two constructions, placed 22 yards apart, consisting of three pointed stumps stuck parallel in the ground with two wooden bails resting on top, at which the batsman stands
  2. the strip of ground between these
  3. a batsman's turn at batting or the period during which two batsmen bat: a third-wicket partnership
  4. the act or instance of a batsman being got out: the bowler took six wickets
keep wicket, to act as a wicketkeeper
(informal) on a sticky wicket, in an awkward situation
Word Origin
C18: from Old Northern French wiket; related to Old Norse vikja to move
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for wicket

early 13c., "small door or gate," from Anglo-French wiket, from Old North French wiket (French guichet) "wicket, wicket gate," probably from Proto-Germanic *wik- (cf. Old Norse vik "nook") related to Old English wican "to give way, yield" (see weak). The notion is of "something that turns." Cricket sense of "set of three sticks defended by the batsman" is recorded from 1733.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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sticky wicket

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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