Definition of wicket in English:



  • 1A small door or gate, especially one beside or in a larger one.

    • ‘Outside in the yard was a storm water drain which was used as an urinal and a water barrel for collecting the water from the roof and the slated stone buildings, a wicket gate leading to a dry toilet at the and of the garden.’
    • ‘Hastily, the girl slid backwards on hands and knees behind the nearest tree, and watched as they opened the wicket gate and walked down the track deeper into the forest.’
    • ‘The style of the gate should match the house: a wicket gate would look out of place in a smart city setting, whereas antique wrought iron might lead to expectations that a cottage garden fails to meet.’
    barrier, wicket gate, lychgate, five-barred gate, turnstile
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    1. 1.1North American An opening in a door or wall, often fitted with glass or a grille and used for selling tickets or a similar purpose.
      • ‘The barred wicket opened and shut, and the door creaked ajar.’
      • ‘As to privacy, Mr Husain complained of the wicket in the door.’
    2. 1.2North American One of the wire hoops on a croquet course.
      • ‘Each player takes a croquet mallet and must only use the striking end, not the side, when moving their ball through the croquet wickets.’
      • ‘The wickets are metal or wire pieces that look like miniature arches and are located throughout the croquet course.’
  • 2Cricket
    Each of the sets of three stumps with two bails across the top at either end of the pitch, defended by a batsman.

    • ‘It was there that Robert and his pupils played cricket on a pitch marked out by wickets of willow sticks.’
    • ‘Yes, it's the fast bowler strutting his stuff: running up to the wicket; wrecking a batsman's stumps.’
    • ‘The aisle also wears a green colour complete with wickets and bails.’
    • ‘But if the bowler can knock the bails off the wickets, the batsman is out.’
    • ‘It's a great place to play cricket and the wickets are probably the best batting wickets in the world.’
    1. 2.1 The prepared strip of ground between the wickets.
      • ‘The wicket and outfield was so batsman friendly that any batsman worth his salt could have turned the match on its head.’
      • ‘You can spend some time at the crease, get used to the bowler's action, the ground, the wicket.’
      • ‘So we sat around while a new wicket was prepared and cut, which was the only way of playing.’
      • ‘It thus becomes important for us to prepare fast and bouncy wickets at home, so that our batsmen get used to these surfaces.’
      • ‘The fact that the wicket was a perfect batting strip makes it more disappointing.’
    2. 2.2 The dismissal of a batsman; each of ten dismissals regarded as marking a division of a side's innings.
      ‘Darlington won by four wickets’
      • ‘He took 2-37 and then rapped out 61 off only 36 balls with 12 fours as his side won by seven wickets.’
      • ‘They went on to win by four wickets when the winning runs were scored in the 16th over.’
      • ‘Dringhouses maintained their good start in division two as they beat a fancied Sewerby side by four wickets.’
      • ‘Man-of-the-match Hill snatched four quick wickets as the home side found themselves in disarray on 47-6.’
      • ‘That did not stop India from totalling a record fourth innings score of 406 runs for four wickets to win the match.’


  • a sticky wicket

    • 1A pitch that has been drying after rain and is difficult to bat on.

      • ‘Supporters heading to today's game at Wandella would be pleased to know that the rain also failed to turn Wandella Road into a sticky wicket.’
      • ‘The Bears were sent in on a sticky wicket and were soon in trouble at 3-7.’
      • ‘Grange had made 91-4 on a sticky wicket against Wheldrake, who had enjoyed a good win over Ovington in the first round.’
      • ‘True, it spoke without much inflection, as if reporting a cricket score from a sticky wicket.’
      1. 1.1informal in singularA tricky or awkward situation.
        ‘the problem of who sits where can create a sticky wicket’
        • ‘Fighting ‘globalisation’ always was a sticky wicket for the radical Left.’
        • ‘The Democratic Presidential nominee, who has been railing against outsourcing, is walking on a sticky wicket on the issue.’
        • ‘With increasing education levels, and rising standards of living (with rising expectations) China's fascist rulers are on a sticky wicket.’
        • ‘The Taoiseach is certainly batting on a sticky wicket - if you'll excuse the cricket term - but it fills the bill aptly here.’
        • ‘Hardly a hot bed of rap music so I think they were on a sticky wicket right from the start.’
        • ‘It was obvious by his address that the new Governor did not want to start his innings on a sticky wicket, hence his eagerness to disassociate himself with reports which referred to his closeness to the Gandhi family.’
        • ‘It's a bit of a sticky wicket, but we've got to put something back and we must try to look at the whole picture.’
        • ‘If Mark is leaving because of rumoured budget cuts, the person coming in is on a sticky wicket straight away.’
        • ‘The controlling group needs to know they are going to be on a sticky wicket with this.’
        • ‘English cricket looks to be on a sticky wicket in the aftermath of the national team's disappointing exit from the World Cup.’
  • take a wicket

    • (of a bowler or a fielding side) dismiss a batsman.

      • ‘He took a wicket with his first ball of the match, trapping Robinson leg before after Leicestershire decided to bat first at Grace Road.’
      • ‘Hat tricks, in which a bowler takes a wicket with three consecutive balls, are fairly uncommon.’
      • ‘He bowled straight and full, took a wicket and dried up the runs at both ends, so that only 19 came off five overs.’
      • ‘Two years later, he took a wicket with his first ball in first-class cricket, and became a key part of a side which dominated county cricket in the Edwardian era, if not in terms of titles, certainly in the public's imagination.’
      • ‘Nehra had never looked like taking a wicket and he bowled 9 overs for 75 runs, including conceding 13 runs in his last two overs.’
      • ‘Australia have a habit of taking a wicket or wickets very early on a day, or very early in a session.’
      • ‘He quite rightly deserved a standing ovation from the 1000-strong crowd, and he also received a smattering of applause from the Zimbabwe bowlers, who were relieved at finally taking a wicket.’
      • ‘He also bowled three overs, at a rather more sedate pace than in his youth, and took a wicket - Gloucester's top-scorer Captain MA Green, who later managed England on tour overseas.’
      • ‘He was the only Wharfedale bowler to take a wicket, finishing with five for 34 as the other three wickets in a total of 160 for eight fell to run outs.’
      • ‘The early dismissal meant that Sami, who rarely looked like taking a wicket before that passage of play, had something in the bank to show.’


Middle English (in the sense ‘small door or grille’): from Anglo-Norman French and Old Northern French wiket; origin uncertain, usually referred to the Germanic root of Old Norse vīkja ‘to turn, move’. Cricket senses date from the late 17th century.