(1)   A game played with a ball and bat by two teams of 11 players; teams take turns trying to score runs
(2)   Leaping insect; male makes chirping noises by rubbing the forewings together


(3)   Play cricket

Etymology 1

From , from .


  1. An insect in the order Orthoptera that makes a chirping sound by rubbing its wing casings against combs on its hind legs.
  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.
  5. Absolute silence; no communication. See crickets.

Etymology 2

Perhaps from a Flemish dalect of Dutch met 'with' de 'the' krik ketsen 'to ricochet, i.e. "to chase a ball with a crook".


  1. A game played outdoors with bats and a ball between two teams of eleven, popular in England and many Commonwealth countries.
  2. An act that is fair and sportsmanlike, derived from the sport.
    That player's foul wasn't cricket!

Usage notes

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