tree cricket



See under cricket1(def 1).

Origin of tree cricket

An Americanism dating back to 1855–60




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

Examples from the Web for tree cricket

Historical Examples of tree cricket

  • My trees are troubled with roundhead borers, and my apples with codling-moth and tree-cricket.

    The Apple


  • The shrill screech of a tree-cricket, breaking forth at that moment, hindered me from hearing the reply.

British Dictionary definitions for tree cricket




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




  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 Formscricketer, noun

Word Origin for cricket

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




a small low stool

Word Origin for cricket

C17: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for tree 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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with tree cricket


see not cricket.

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