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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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Historical Examples
  • If point had not stopped to dance and rub his leg, the wicket must have fallen.

  • Trigson could be relied upon to keep his wicket up, but not to score.

    The Wonder J. D. Beresford
  • There had been a heavy dew, and after breakfast they all walked down to the ground to look at the wicket.

    The Lonely Unicorn Alec Waugh
  • The field was very close to the wicket, and the ball was travelling fast.

    The Wonder J. D. Beresford
  • Behind the wicket sat a young woman of much self-possession.

    From Place to Place Irvin S. Cobb
  • It made his wicket look as untidy as any wicket I have ever seen.

    The Wonder J. D. Beresford
  • After she had disappeared he opened the wicket and stepped out, letting Achilles follow him.

    Walter and the Wireless Sara Ware Bassett
  • The click of the wicket gate was the signal for instant disappearance.

    Greyfriars Bobby Eleanor Atkinson
  • A short walk brought me to the wicket entrance, where an old man admitted me to the once sternly guarded fortress.

    The Retrospect Ada Cambridge
  • He followed her down the path and unfastened the wicket gate.

    Antony Gray,--Gardener Leslie Moore
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
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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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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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