cricket

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English[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English creket, crykett, crykette, from Old French crequet, criquet (with diminutive -et) from criquer (to make a cracking sound; creak), from Middle Dutch kricken (to creak; crack), related to Middle English creken (to creak). Compare Middle Dutch krikel, criekel, crekel (cricket) (with diminituve -el), Middle Low German krikel, krekel (cricket), German Kreckel (cricket). More at creak.

Noun[edit]

cricket (plural crickets)

  1. An insect in the order Orthoptera, especially family Gryllidae, that makes a chirping sound by rubbing its wing casings against combs on its hind legs.
    1. (US, slang, humorous, in the plural) In the form crickets: absolute silence; no communication.
  2. A wooden footstool.
  3. A signalling device used by soldiers in hostile territory to identify themselves to a friendly in low visibility conditions.
  4. A relatively small area of a roof constructed to divert water from a horizontal intersection of the roof with a chimney, wall, expansion joint or other projection.
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Etymology 2[edit]

cricket (1)

Perhaps from a Flemish dialect of Dutch met de krik ketsen (to chase a ball with a curved stick)[1].

Noun[edit]

cricket (uncountable)

  1. (sports) A game played outdoors with bats and a ball between two teams of eleven, popular in England and many Commonwealth countries.
  2. (chiefly Britain) An act that is fair and sportsmanlike, derived from the sport.
    Synonyms: not cricket, unsportsmanlike
    That player's foul wasn't cricket!
Usage notes[edit]

The sense "An act that is fair and sportsmanlike" is always used in negative constructions (not cricket) and is not restricted to sports usage.

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Verb[edit]

cricket (third-person singular simple present crickets, present participle cricketing, simple past and past participle cricketed)

  1. (rare, intransitive) To play the game of cricket.
    • 1891 May 27, "A Cricketer in Low Circumstances", The Evening News (Sydney); cited in "What do we know about the first Test cricketer?", ESPNcricinfo, 7 August 2016
      Judge: Your family is in destitute circumstances. How do you get your living?
      Bannerman: By cricketing, your Worship.
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References[edit]

  1. ^ Chris Mason (March 2, 2009), “Cricket 'was invented in Belgium'”, in BBC News[1]

Dutch[edit]

Dutch Wikipedia has an article on:
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Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from English cricket.

Pronunciation[edit]

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  • Hyphenation: cric‧ket

Noun[edit]

cricket n (uncountable)

  1. cricket (sport)

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cricket m (uncountable)

  1. cricket (sport)

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Italian[edit]

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cricket m

  1. cricket (sport)

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cricket m (uncountable)

  1. cricket (sport)

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cricket c (uncountable)

  1. cricket (sport)

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