(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
From , from .
- An insect in the order Orthoptera that makes a chirping sound by rubbing its wing casings against combs on its hind legs.
- A wooden footstool.
- A signalling device used by soldiers in hostile territory to identify themselves to a friendly in low visibility conditions
- 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.
- Absolute silence; no communication. See crickets.
Perhaps from a Flemish dalect of Dutch met 'with' de 'the' krik ketsen 'to ricochet, i.e. "to chase a ball with a crook".http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7919429.stm
- A game played outdoors with bats and a ball between two teams of eleven, popular in England and many Commonwealth countries.
- An act that is fair and sportsmanlike, derived from the sport.
- That player's foul wasn't cricket!
The sense "An act that is fair and sportsmanlike" is normally used in negative constructions and is not restricted to sports usage.