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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Related Words for wicket

gate, window, arch, entrance, opening

Examples from the Web for wicket

Historical Examples of wicket

  • The first man to approach the wicket was the Director of the Circus.

    The Underdog

    F. Hopkinson Smith

  • I remembered, however, that Sir Giles had brought me in by a wicket in that gate.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede

    George MacDonald

  • As we enter, we hear her, standing at the wicket, talking to some one behind the scene.

    The Book of Khalid

    Ameen Rihani

  • But if you knock I shall be waiting for you, and I will admit you by the wicket.

    The Snare

    Rafael Sabatini

  • "And here it is," said Cashel, as he unlocked the wicket and flung it wide.

    Roland Cashel

    Charles James Lever

British Dictionary definitions for wicket



a small door or gate, esp one that is near to or part of a larger one
US a small window or opening in a door, esp one fitted with a grating or glass pane, used as a means of communication in a ticket office, bank, etc
a small sluicegate, esp one in a canal lock gate or by a water wheel
US a croquet hoop
  1. cricketeither 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
  2. the strip of ground between these
  3. a batsman's turn at batting or the period during which two batsmen bata third-wicket partnership
  4. the act or instance of a batsman being got outthe bowler took six wickets
keep wicket to act as a wicketkeeper
on a sticky wicket informal in an awkward situation

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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