wick·​et·​keep·​er | \ ˈwi-kət-ˌkē-pər How to pronounce wicketkeeper (audio) \

Definition of wicketkeeper

: a fielder in cricket who stands behind the wicket at which the ball is being bowled

Examples of wicketkeeper in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Tim Paine, a wicketkeeper who offers steady leadership but also a paltry first-class batting average of only 29, was chosen to succeed Mr Smith. M.j., The Economist, 31 July 2019 Racing back for the second against the fielder's throw, Stokes dived into his crease with bat outstretched to make his ground, unwittingly diverting the oncoming thrown ball past the wicketkeeper and to the boundary for four. James Masters, CNN, 14 July 2019 In South Africa, wicketkeeper Tim Paine will take over as Australia captain for the final test, which starts on Friday. Gerald Imray, Fox News, 28 Mar. 2018 On a day that scarred Australian cricket, one player had attempted to prevent it: Rod Marsh, the wicketkeeper. Will Swanton, CNN, 26 Mar. 2018 The pitch is home to the bowler who throws the ball, the stumps (vertical sticks at either end, together called the wicket), the batsman and the wicketkeeper (similar to the catcher in baseball). Alan Berner, The Seattle Times, 16 July 2017 Aaron Finch, an Australian batsman, had to stand in as wicketkeeper three times in recent months when teammates with head injuries were forced out of matches while playing the position. Tim Wigmore, New York Times, 4 Mar. 2017 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'wicketkeeper.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of wicketkeeper

circa 1750, in the meaning defined above

Learn More About wicketkeeper

Time Traveler for wicketkeeper

Time Traveler

The first known use of wicketkeeper was circa 1750

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near wicketkeeper




See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for wicketkeeper

Cite this Entry

“Wicketkeeper.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wicketkeeper. Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More from Merriam-Webster on wicketkeeper

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about wicketkeeper


Test Your Vocabulary

Challenging Words You Should Know

  • hedgehog reading a book
  • Often used to describe “the march of time,” what does inexorable mean?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!