- 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
- 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.
Origin of cricket2
- a small, low stool.
Origin of cricket3
- (on a sloping roof) a small roof for diverting rain water around an obstruction, as a chimney.
Origin of cricket4
Examples from the Web for cricket
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.
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
June 2, 2014
So if I am ever having quite a stressful day ... you can put a buffalo on in the background or a cricket."Emotional" New Dad Prince William: Why I proposed to Kate in My Beloved African Bush
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As night fell and the frog and cricket symphony geared up for a stellar performance, we mapped out a plausible plan.My Island Vacation Exploring the Blissfully Quirky Grenadines
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September 6, 2013
Most of these are raw boys, who know all that can be learned of war on a cricket field.In the Midst of Alarms
The cricket in the raspberry-hedge heard them, and she chirped, oh!A Little Book of Profitable Tales
"I expect to be as gay as a cricket," returned Mrs. Blair, innocently.
I knew ye hadn't got nobody except her, but I knew, too, ye were contented there as a cricket.
There was, however, no cricket for Stanley Carew that morning.The Slave Of The Lamp
Henry Seton Merriman
- 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 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 cricket
see not cricket.