field cricket


See under cricket1(def 1).

Origin of field cricket

First recorded in 1590–1600

Definition for field cricket (2 of 2)

[ krik-it ]
/ ˈkrɪk ɪt /


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 cricket

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


crick·et·like, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for field cricket (1 of 3)

/ (ˈkrɪkɪt) /


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

Word Origin for cricket

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

British Dictionary definitions for field cricket (2 of 3)

/ (ˈkrɪkɪt) /


  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
not cricket informal not fair play

verb (intr)

to play cricket

Derived forms of cricket

cricketer, noun

Word Origin for cricket

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

British Dictionary definitions for field cricket (3 of 3)

/ (ˈkrɪkɪt) /


a small low stool

Word Origin for cricket

C17: of unknown origin
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Idioms and Phrases with field cricket


see not cricket.

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