Main definitions of cricket in English

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cricket1

noun

  • 1An insect related to the grasshoppers but with shorter legs. The male produces a characteristic musical chirping sound.

    Family Gryllidae: many genera and species, including the field cricket and the house cricket

    • ‘Now they know that male crickets are able to make a high pitched sound which humans cannot hear.’
    • ‘I've actually found grasshoppers and crickets that had been cooked in the greens because no one cleaned them first.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They also occasionally eat insects, especially grasshoppers, cicadas and crickets.’
    • ‘Cue audio: sounds of crickets chirping while the girls stare blankly at the camera and at each other.’
    • ‘She sniffed delicately as her ears moved to the sounds of crickets chirping.’
    • ‘The only sound heard was crickets, chirping their nightly tunes hidden somewhere in the darkness.’
    • ‘Only the sound of crickets chirping and grass swaying in the wind were heard.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I'm continuing with the list even though everyone seems to have abandoned me and left me with the sound of crickets chirping.’
    • ‘Only the sounds of the watery ripples, chirping crickets, and the dirt under her feet disturbed the silence.’
    • ‘They could only hear the sound of crickets chirping from outside the small privacy window of the room.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Suddenly the sound of crickets chirping in the night filled the room.’
    • ‘The warm summer air whipped through Chris' open window blowing with it the sounds of crickets chirping.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘On its brightly lit glass shelves sit trays piled with crispy crickets, grasshoppers, other insects and worms.’
    • ‘This little guy likes to find his way inside grasshoppers, crickets and other plant-eating insects.’
    1. 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.’

Origin

Middle English: from Old French criquet, from criquer ‘to crackle’, of imitative origin.

Pronunciation

cricket

/ˈkrɪkɪt/

Main definitions of cricket in English

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cricket2

noun

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.

    ‘a game of cricket’
    as modifier ‘a cricket bat’
    • ‘Tarquin had an uncomplicated life centred around work, the cricket club and his family.’
    • ‘Darren fondly remembers those early days, playing backyard cricket with keen family and friends.’
    • ‘A Bradford man who was beaten to death in the grounds of a cricket club is to have a special garden named after him.’
    • ‘If you left home and the family wireless, you were in the cricket wilderness.’
    • ‘He hails from a cricket loving family where all his brothers played the game at the highest level.’
    • ‘When a Jamaican family moves in next door and build a cricket net in the back garden, David is thrilled.’
    • ‘He organised combined services rugby union and cricket teams to play against other countries.’
    • ‘The village has a good sports field with football and cricket teams.’
    • ‘He was murdered after he wandered off to play on swings as his family watched a cricket match in a park.’
    • ‘Byas is a down-to-earth bloke, as much at home on the family farm as he is in the cricket spotlight.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Have countries gone to war and have people died in the name of cricket?’
    • ‘I don't think I've heard of other chaps having a cricket pitch named after them.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘So many runs in three days of cricket can't be a good wicket for Test match cricket.’
    • ‘A street in Saltaire has been named after one of cricket's greatest legends and a Shipley hero.’
    • ‘The lack of patience from their batsmen has often been the bane of Bangladesh's cricket team.’
    • ‘The next, he was dead, his family in a mess and the cricket world in a state of shock and numbness.’
    • ‘Though cricket brought her such name and fame, it is golf that runs in her family.’
    • ‘As we filled our pockets greedily, the family playing cricket in the wind looked at us strangely.’

Cricket is played mainly in Britain and in territories formerly under British rule, such as Australia, South Africa, the West Indies, New Zealand, and the Indian subcontinent. The full game with two innings per side can last several days; shorter single-innings matches are usual at amateur level and have become popular at professional level since the 1960s

Phrases

  • a cricket score

    • informal (in sports other than cricket) an unusually high score.

      ‘England looked set to run up a cricket score when they went four tries ahead’
      • ‘If we had achieved that we would have run up a cricket score.’
      • ‘With a 14-scoreline in almost as many minutes it looked like the Cougars were going to run up a cricket score but the game disintegrated into a scrappy affair.’
      • ‘Two minutes later, the home side were in again and a cricket score looked on the cards.’
      • ‘Forest enjoyed lengthy ball possession and could have come out with a cricket score if time permitted.’
      • ‘Paul Thorman converted both and, rather than rattling up a cricket score, York were only 24-12 ahead at the break.’
      • ‘This is not a cricket score, nor is it a record Fahrenheit temperature; it is a record of a different type.’
      • ‘Italy look to avoid an Aussie backlash in Rome, while Frnace must be Fancied to knock up a cricket score against Canada.’
      • ‘It looked an innocuous enough challenge and if the ref gives a penalty for all such tugs, we'll have a cricket score by the end of the night.’
      • ‘When the two highest scoring teams in the league hammer in one goal each within the first three minutes, spectators might have expected a cricket score by the final whistle.’
      • ‘With Kyogle in last place Ballina should also win by a cricket score.’
  • not cricket

    • informal Something contrary to traditional standards of fairness or rectitude.

      ‘an appeal by the Crown against too lenient a sentence is simply not cricket’
      • ‘This caused a considerable diplomatic and press furore and coined the term ‘It's not cricket!’’
      • ‘The shocking selection criteria it used to appoint him as its new chief executive officer is just not cricket.’
      • ‘Make of that what you will, but I reckon it's not cricket.’
      • ‘In his view, what we have done to him is really not cricket.’
      • ‘‘That's not cricket,’ was one of the dreadful cliches thrown at me as a errant child in Tasmania in the 1940s.’
      • ‘FOR THE United Cricket Board of SA to move the Warriors franchise from Mercedes-Benz Park to Port Elizabeth after a grace period of one year is just not cricket.’
      • ‘Blustering racial epithets simply is not cricket, and it's a positive move by the ICC to punish offenders.’
      • ‘Persecution of Bangladesh is just not cricket.’
      • ‘Don't vote for me twice though, that's just not cricket.’
      • ‘‘It tells us that the old adage that ‘It's not cricket,’ which applied to just about everything in life, is no longer valid - and that's a real pity.’’
      • ‘And that, say my critics, is definitely not cricket.’
      • ‘Critics will argue that such a deliberate attempt to dupe the press - especially by fellow journalists - is simply not cricket.’
      • ‘And ignoring Colonel Philipps's military rank was not cricket either.’
      • ‘In my book, that constitutes bad manners and is just not cricket!’
      • ‘Complaining about the Red Cross is not nice, it's not cricket, and it's not done.’
      • ‘At this point David Crystal couldn't help himself: ‘Oh I say, that's not cricket.’’
      • ‘It's just not cricket, not playing by the rules at all.’
      • ‘In cricket, no, it's not that you can't do that, it's you don't do that, that's just not cricket.’
      • ‘But dropping a new ball in the rough - just not cricket, dear boy.’
      • ‘Proposals for the Lyons Lane ground are worrying nearby residents, who say it's just not cricket.’
      evil, sinful, immoral, wrong, morally wrong, wrongful, bad, iniquitous, corrupt, black-hearted, ungodly, unholy, irreligious, unrighteous, sacrilegious, profane, blasphemous, impious, base, mean, vile
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Origin

Late 16th century: of unknown origin.

Pronunciation

cricket

/ˈkrɪkɪt/

Main definitions of cricket in English

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cricket3

(also cricket stool)

noun

dialect
  • A low wooden stool; a footstool.

Origin

Mid 16th century: of uncertain origin.

Pronunciation

cricket

/ˈkrɪkɪt/