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cricket1

[krik-it]
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noun
  1. 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).
  2. a small metal toy with a flat metal spring that snaps back and forth with a clicking, cricketlike noise when pressed.
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Origin of cricket1

1275–1325; Middle English criket insect < Old French criquet, equivalent to criqu(er) to creak (imitative) + -et -et
Related formscrick·et·like, adjective

cricket2

[krik-it]
noun
  1. 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.
  2. fair play; honorable conduct: It wouldn't be cricket to look at his cards.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to play cricket.
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Origin of cricket2

1590–1600; < Middle French criquet goal post, perhaps < early Dutch krick(e) arm, crosspiece, gallows
Related formscrick·et·er, noun

cricket3

[krik-it]
noun
  1. a small, low stool.
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Origin of cricket3

First recorded in 1635–45; of obscure origin; compare cracket, with same sense

cricket4

[krik-it]
noun
  1. (on a sloping roof) a small roof for diverting rain water around an obstruction, as a chimney.
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Origin of cricket4

of uncertain origin
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Examples from the Web for cricket

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Historical Examples

  • Most of these are raw boys, who know all that can be learned of war on a cricket field.

  • The cricket in the raspberry-hedge heard them, and she chirped, oh!

  • "I expect to be as gay as a cricket," returned Mrs. Blair, innocently.

    Meadow Grass

    Alice Brown

  • I knew ye hadn't got nobody except her, but I knew, too, ye were contented there as a cricket.

    Meadow Grass

    Alice Brown

  • There was, however, no cricket for Stanley Carew that morning.

    The Slave Of The Lamp

    Henry Seton Merriman


British Dictionary definitions for cricket

cricket1

noun
  1. 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
  2. any of various related insects, such as the mole cricket
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Word Origin

C14: from Old French criquet, from criquer to creak, of imitative origin

cricket2

noun
    1. 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
    2. (as modifier)a cricket bat
  1. not cricket informal not fair play
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verb (intr)
  1. to play cricket
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Derived Formscricketer, noun

Word Origin

C16: from Old French criquet goalpost, wicket, of uncertain origin

cricket3

noun
  1. a small low stool
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Word Origin

C17: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for cricket

n.1

the insect, early 14c., from Old French criquet (12c.) "a cricket," from criquer "to creak, rattle, crackle," of echoic origin.

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n.2

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."

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with cricket

cricket

see not cricket.

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