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.
- crick·et·like, adjective
Other definitions for cricket (2 of 4)
a game, popular especially in England, for two teams of 11 members each that is played on a field having two wickets 22 yards (20 meters) apart, the object being to score runs by batting the ball far enough so that one is enabled to exchange wickets with the batsman defending the opposite wicket before the ball is recovered.
fair play; honorable conduct: It wouldn't be cricket to look at his cards.
to play cricket.
- crick·et·er, noun
Other definitions for cricket (3 of 4)
a small, low stool.
Other definitions for cricket (4 of 4)
(on a sloping roof) a small roof for diverting rainwater around an obstruction, as a chimney.
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How to use cricket in a sentence
Instead, he spread the Overview Effect message, even though the response for years was crickets.
Salim Abdool Karim was at a cricket match on December 26, Boxing Day, when he made the mistake of looking at his email.We could know soon whether vaccines work against a scary new coronavirus variant | Antonio Regalado | January 23, 2021 | MIT Technology Review
He creates melodies to the rhythms of crickets, katydids, and a whole orchestra of bugs.
Some male crickets make their own megaphones by cutting wing-sized holes into the center of leaves.Small, quiet crickets turn leaves into megaphones to blare their mating call | Jonathan Lambert | December 16, 2020 | Science News
One pound of crickets provides three times the protein, as well as more iron and nutrients, than a pound of beef.Why We Should Eat Crickets. And Other Bug Ideas - Facts So Romantic | Mary Ellen Hannibal | October 2, 2020 | Nautilus
cricket is a sport enjoyed by hundreds of millions around the globe, mainly in former British colonies.
His life, as he himself admits, is all cricket from an early age.
He experienced a rapid rise, only beginning to play cricket competitively at age 11.
Three kids play cricket among the crude gravestones in a cemetery that is the largest in the province.Heart of Darkness: Into Afghanistan’s Taliban Valley | Matt Trevithick, Daniel Seckman | November 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
But the language about public schools and cricket bewildered audiences and Frank Rich gave it a stinking review.Bring ‘Another Country’ to Broadway: Why a Hit British Classic Needs Its New York Moment | Tom Teodorczuk | June 2, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
A cricket-match was in progress, but the bowling and batting were extremely wild, thanks to The Warren strong beer.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3) | Charles James Wills
He was a manly young fellow, a sportsman and renowned at cricket, and she was amiable and pretty, a little blonde beauty.Fifty Years of Railway Life in England, Scotland and Ireland | Joseph Tatlow
So still was the place that the caged cricket hanging from the eaves of Um's distant room beat time like an elfin metronome.
In one such startled interval of waking her caged cricket had given out its plaintive cry.
Somewhere near her feet the cricket gave out an importunate chirp.
British Dictionary definitions for cricket (1 of 3)
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
British Dictionary definitions for cricket (2 of 3)
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
- cricketer, noun
British Dictionary definitions for cricket (3 of 3)
a small low stool
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Other Idioms and Phrases with cricket
see not cricket.
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