from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A small door or gate, especially one built into or near a larger one.
  • n. A small window or opening, often fitted with glass or a grating.
  • n. A sluice gate for regulating the amount of water in a millrace or canal or for emptying a lock.
  • n. Sports In cricket:
  • n. Sports Either of the two sets of three stumps, topped by bails, that forms the target of the bowler and is defended by the batsman.
  • n. Sports A batsman's innings, which may be terminated by the ball knocking the bails off the stumps.
  • n. Sports The termination of a batsman's innings.
  • n. Sports The period during which two batsmen are in together.
  • n. Sports See pitch2.
  • n. Games Any of the small arches, usually made of wire, through which players try to drive their ball in croquet.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A small door or gate, especially one associated with a larger one
  • n. A small window or other opening, sometimes fitted with a grating.
  • n. A service window, as in a bank or train station, where a customer conducts transactions with a teller; a ticket barrier at a rail station.
  • n. One of the two wooden structures at each end of the pitch, consisting of three vertical stumps and two bails; the target for the bowler, defended by the batsman
  • n. A dismissal; the act of a batsman getting out
  • n. The period during which two batsmen bat together
  • n. The pitch
  • n. The area around the stumps where the batsmen stand
  • n. Any of the small arches through which the balls are driven
  • n. : A temporary metal attachment that one attaches one's lift-ticket to.
  • n. an angle bracket when used in HTML

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A small gate or door, especially one forming part of, or placed near, a larger door or gate; a narrow opening or entrance cut in or beside a door or gate, or the door which is used to close such entrance or aperture. Piers Plowman.
  • n. A small gate by which the chamber of canal locks is emptied, or by which the amount of water passing to a water wheel is regulated.
  • n.
  • n. A small framework at which the ball is bowled. It consists of three rods, or stumps, set vertically in the ground, with one or two short rods, called bails, lying horizontally across the top.
  • n. The ground on which the wickets are set.
  • n. A place of shelter made of the boughs of trees, -- used by lumbermen, etc.
  • n. The space between the pillars, in postand-stall working.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A game, formerly played in parts of the United States, resembling primitive cricket.
  • n. A small gate or doorway, especially a small door or gate forming part of a larger one.
  • n. A hole through which to communicate, or to view what, passes without; a window, lookout, loophole, or the like.
  • n. A small gate by which the chamber of a canal-lock is emptied; also, a gate in the chute of a water-wheel, designed to regulate the amount of water passing to the wheel.
  • n. A half-high door.
  • n. A hole or opening.
  • n. In cricket:
  • n. The object at which the bowler aims, and before which, but a little on one side, the batsman stands. It consists of three stumps, having two bails lying in grooves along their tops. See cricket (with diagram).
  • n. A batsman's tenure of his wicket. If the batting side pass their opponents' full score with (say) six players to be put out, they are said to win “by six wickets”—a colloquial abbreviation for “with six wickets to go down.”
  • n. The ground on which the wickets are set: as, play was begun with an excellent wicket.
  • n. In coal-mining. See wicket-work.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a small arch used as croquet equipment
  • n. small gate or door (especially one that is part of a larger door)
  • n. cricket equipment consisting of a set of three stumps topped by crosspieces; used in playing cricket
  • n. small opening (like a window in a door) through which business can be transacted


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English, from Old North French wiket, nook, wicket.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Anglo-Norman, Old Northern French viquet, from Old Norse (specifically, Old East Norse) víkjas. Compare modern French guichet, ultimately from the same source through Old French.



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  • wicket sticky!

    August 3, 2011

  • "Only one ticket booth was open. He went up to it. The girl behind the wicket sat flipping the pages of an illustrated colour magazine that contained pictures of film stars."

    - 'The Colour Of Blood', Brian Moore.

    January 3, 2008

  • Unfortunately the days of sticky wickets are pretty much gone. It use to be the practice not to cover the pitch at night. Although they are supposedly turf, the grass on a wicket is usually dead. If it rained overnight a wicket would often turn soft and muddy, ie. sticky. These things were really tricky to play on for the batting team. Hence the Brit expression "to be on a sticky wicket" meaning to be in some difficulty. Nowadays pitches are usually covered, especially at international level. Down at amateur level there are plenty of clubs that don't cover turf pitches so you'll still get a real stickydog from time to time.

    Women's cricket is widely played these days.

    Seduction of nymphets by all of the mentioned methods is also, I suspect, a popular pastime.

    November 30, 2007

  • What makes a wicket sticky?

    And how do you bowl a maiden over? Roses? perfume? Chocolate?

    November 30, 2007

  • Cricket jargon - 1. a structure made up of three wooden stumps inserted in the ground and two bails resting on top; 2. the playing surface for the game, also known as a pitch; 3. a dismissal or 'out' in the game.

    November 30, 2007