wick·​et·​keep·​er ˈwi-kət-ˌkē-pər How to pronounce wicketkeeper (audio)
: 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 His father was legendary West Indies batsman Sir Everton Weekes and Murray’s son, Ricky Hoyte, became a successful cricketer as well, representing Barbados and West Indies’ ‘A’ Team as a wicketkeeper and batsman, according to Cricket West Indies. Kevin Dotson, CNN, 26 Nov. 2022 David Murray, a wicketkeeper for the West Indies cricket team in the 1970s and 1980s, has died at age 72, Cricket West Indies said on Saturday. Kevin Dotson, CNN, 26 Nov. 2022 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

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1750, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of wicketkeeper was circa 1750

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“Wicketkeeper.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wicketkeeper. Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

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