crickets

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Sense 2 is derived from the cinematic metaphor of chirping crickets at night, signaling (otherwise) complete quiet.

Noun[edit]

crickets

  1. plural of cricket.
  2. (US, slang, humorous) Used alone or in metaphorically descriptive phrases: absolute silence; no communication.
    Since then, I've received no response. Not a word. Just... crickets.
    We asked for an explanation, but all we heard was the sound of crickets.
    • 2015 September 14, Monica Davey, “Panel studying racial divide in Missouri presents a blunt picture of inequity [print version: Report blunt on race inequity, International New York Times, 15 September 2015, page 7]”, in The New York Times[1]:
      Maria Chapelle-Nadal, a Democratic state senator, said she feared that the commission's findings would be announced with great fanfare, "but then we're just going to hear crickets, crickets, crickets."
    • 2016 June 27, Ellen Barry, “To U.S. in ’70s, a dissenting diplomat. To Bangladesh, ‘a true friend.’ [print version: A dissenter remembered: Diplomat pushed U.S. to condemn Pakistan’s 1971 assault on Dhaka, International New York Times, 29 June 2016, page 2]”, in The New York Times[2]:
      Stopping a group of teenage boys at a museum [in Bangladesh] devoted to the 1971 war, I asked them which American leaders had played an important role in the conflict. Henry A. Kissinger? They looked at me with blank faces. Richard M. Nixon? Crickets.

Interjection[edit]

crickets

  1. Expressing mild annoyance.

Swedish[edit]

Noun[edit]

crickets

  1. indefinite genitive singular of cricket