- either of the two frameworks, each consisting of three stumps with two bails in grooves across the tops, at which the bowler aims the ball.
- the area between the wickets; the playing field.
- one batsman's turn at the wicket.
- the period during which two players bat together.
- a batsman's inning that is not completed or not begun.
Origin of wicket
Examples from the Web for wicket
A few paces ahead, the trench was crossed by a bridge (closed by a wicket gate) which connected the garden with the park.Armadale|Wilkie Collins
Thanks stumbled on his tongue, and no word to excuse could come; so the wicket closed upon his silence.The Unknown Sea|Clemence Housman
They stooped through the wicket, which closed after them, and Langler and I were left alone.The Last Miracle|M. P. Shiel
The Seaton High should score at the wicket if it were in her power to coach a successful team.The Luckiest Girl in the School|Angela Brazil
She turned and rushed into the garden, down the path and through the wicket gate towards the wood.Mr. Marx's Secret|E. Phillips Oppenheim
British Dictionary definitions for wicket
- cricket either of two constructions, placed 22 yards apart, consisting of three pointed stumps stuck parallel in the ground with two wooden bails resting on top, at which the batsman stands
- the strip of ground between these
- a batsman's turn at batting or the period during which two batsmen bata third-wicket partnership
- the act or instance of a batsman being got outthe bowler took six wickets
Word Origin for wicket
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.