[ wik-it ]
/ ˈwɪk ɪt /




    to be on/have/bata sticky wicket, British Slang. to be at or have a disadvantage.

Origin of wicket

1200–50; Middle English wiket < Anglo-French; Old French guischet < Germanic; compare Middle Dutch wiket wicket, equivalent to wik- (akin to Old English wīcan to yield; see weak) + -et noun suffix
Related formshalf-wick·et, noun
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Word Origin for wicket

C18: from Old Northern French wiket; related to Old Norse vikja to move
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Word Origin and History for wicket



early 13c., "small door or gate," from Anglo-French wiket, from Old North French wiket (French guichet) "wicket, wicket gate," probably from Proto-Germanic *wik- (cf. Old Norse vik "nook") related to Old English wican "to give way, yield" (see weak). The notion is of "something that turns." Cricket sense of "set of three sticks defended by the batsman" is recorded from 1733.

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