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1An insect related to the grasshoppers but with shorter legs. The male produces a characteristic musical chirping sound.
- ‘Cue audio: sounds of crickets chirping while the girls stare blankly at the camera and at each other.’
- ‘Now they know that male crickets are able to make a high pitched sound which humans cannot hear.’
- ‘Insects such as the red locust, crickets, grasshoppers, and flying ants are collected in season and either fried with salt to make popular snacks or dried for later use.’
- ‘I've actually found grasshoppers and crickets that had been cooked in the greens because no one cleaned them first.’
- ‘The only sound heard was crickets, chirping their nightly tunes hidden somewhere in the darkness.’
- ‘She sniffed delicately as her ears moved to the sounds of crickets chirping.’
- ‘The warm summer air whipped through Chris' open window blowing with it the sounds of crickets chirping.’
- ‘Only the sounds of the watery ripples, chirping crickets, and the dirt under her feet disturbed the silence.’
- ‘They also occasionally eat insects, especially grasshoppers, cicadas and crickets.’
- ‘I kept tadpoles and frogs, raised orphaned birds successfully, learned to tell time by the sun, and the temperature by the rate at which crickets and katydids chirped.’
- ‘Besides birds, crickets and grasshoppers were his favorite animals.’
- ‘The only sounds were crickets chirping and the sound of cars driving around on other streets.’
- ‘On its brightly lit glass shelves sit trays piled with crispy crickets, grasshoppers, other insects and worms.’
- ‘Near the end of the film, there's a scene that has the sound of crickets chirping on the soundtrack, indicating it's taking place at night.’
- ‘Only the sound of crickets chirping and grass swaying in the wind were heard.’
- ‘They could only hear the sound of crickets chirping from outside the small privacy window of the room.’
- ‘This little guy likes to find his way inside grasshoppers, crickets and other plant-eating insects.’
- ‘According to Walker, only male katydids and crickets strike up a tune, and when they do, they invariably have one thing on their mind: sex.’
- ‘I'm continuing with the list even though everyone seems to have abandoned me and left me with the sound of crickets chirping.’
- ‘Suddenly the sound of crickets chirping in the night filled the room.’
- 1.1 Used in names of insects of related families, e.g. bush cricket, mole cricket.
- ‘The second family includes some but by no means all of the insects which bear the name cricket.’
Middle English: from Old French criquet, from criquer to crackle, of imitative origin.
[mass noun] An open-air game played on a large grass field with ball, bats, and two wickets, between teams of eleven players, the object of the game being to score more runs than the opposition:[as modifier] ‘a cricket bat’
- ‘The lack of patience from their batsmen has often been the bane of Bangladesh's cricket team.’
- ‘Though cricket brought her such name and fame, it is golf that runs in her family.’
- ‘We spend a fair bit of time away from our families, not as much as the cricket boys, but you try to keep your family unit with you as much as you can.’
- ‘Even if the cricket committee did want to go for a top name, it is not certain that the hard-up club would be able to agree to cough up the wages.’
- ‘A Bradford man who was beaten to death in the grounds of a cricket club is to have a special garden named after him.’
- ‘A street in Saltaire has been named after one of cricket's greatest legends and a Shipley hero.’
- ‘When a Jamaican family moves in next door and build a cricket net in the back garden, David is thrilled.’
- ‘He was murdered after he wandered off to play on swings as his family watched a cricket match in a park.’
- ‘Tarquin had an uncomplicated life centred around work, the cricket club and his family.’
- ‘As we filled our pockets greedily, the family playing cricket in the wind looked at us strangely.’
- ‘He hails from a cricket loving family where all his brothers played the game at the highest level.’
- ‘So many runs in three days of cricket can't be a good wicket for Test match cricket.’
- ‘Darren fondly remembers those early days, playing backyard cricket with keen family and friends.’
- ‘The next, he was dead, his family in a mess and the cricket world in a state of shock and numbness.’
- ‘Have countries gone to war and have people died in the name of cricket?’
- ‘He organised combined services rugby union and cricket teams to play against other countries.’
- ‘I don't think I've heard of other chaps having a cricket pitch named after them.’
- ‘If you left home and the family wireless, you were in the cricket wilderness.’
- ‘The village has a good sports field with football and cricket teams.’
- ‘Byas is a down-to-earth bloke, as much at home on the family farm as he is in the cricket spotlight.’
Late 16th century: of unknown origin.
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