- 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
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
- Insectsa jumping insect that produces loud noises by rubbing its wings together.
- a small, hand-held metal toy that makes a clicking noise when pressed.
crick•et2 /ˈkrɪkɪt/USA pronunciation n. [uncountable]
- Sporta game, popular esp. in England, for two teams of 11 members each.
- [usually with a negative word or phrase or in questions] fair play;
honorable conduct: It's not cricket to ask such questions.
- Insectsany 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.
- Old French criquet, equivalent. to criqu(er) to creak (imitative) + -et -et
- Middle English criket insect 1275–1325
crick•et2 (krik′it),USA pronunciation n.
- Sporta game, popular esp. in England, for two teams of 11 members each that is played on a field having two wickets 22 yards (20 m) apart, the object being to score runs by batting the ball far enough so that one is enabled to exchange wickets with the batsman defending the opposite wicket before the ball is recovered.
- fair play;
honorable conduct:It wouldn't be cricket to look at his cards.
- Sportto play cricket.
- early Dutch krick(e) arm, crosspiece, gallows
- Middle French criquet goal post, perh.
crick•et3 (krik′it),USA pronunciation n.
- Furniturea small, low stool.
- 1635–45; of obscure origin, originally; compare cracket, with same sense
crick•et4 (krik′it),USA pronunciation n.
- Building(on a sloping roof ) a small roof for diverting rain water around an obstruction, as a chimney.
- of uncertain origin, originally
- 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
- (as modifier): a cricket bat
- not cricket ⇒ informal not fair play
- to play cricket