wick·​et | \ ˈwi-kət How to pronounce wicket (audio) \

Definition of wicket

1 : a small gate or door especially : one forming part of or placed near a larger gate or door
2 : an opening like a window especially : a grilled or grated window through which business is transacted
3a : either of the two sets of three stumps topped by two crosspieces and set 66 feet apart at which the ball is bowled in cricket
b : an area 10 feet wide bounded by these wickets
c : one innings of a batsman specifically : one that is not completed or never begun win by three wickets
4 : an arch or hoop in croquet

Examples of wicket in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Cummins was forced to rely on debutant Mitchell Swepson, who aimed at the rough but couldn’t quite conjure a wicket around the legs of Babar, who easily padded away. Tristan Lavalette, Forbes, 17 Mar. 2022 Scenario: Australia's part-time leg-spinner Steve Smith bowls a wrong 'un to England captain Joe Root, who doesn't pick the variation, edges and is caught at silly point to complete a wicket maiden just before the tea interval on Day 5. John Pye, ajc, 25 Dec. 2021 The inability to tackle thorny challenges is America's stickiest political wicket. David Faris, The Week, 9 Nov. 2021 Played in Dubai on Sunday night, beamed back home in the early hours of Monday, an unwavering Australia produced a tour de force eight-wicket victory over New Zealand to win the T20 World Cup for the first time in their storied cricket history. Tristan Lavalette, Forbes, 14 Nov. 2021 There’s another potential sticky political wicket to consider. Bryan Schott, The Salt Lake Tribune, 28 Oct. 2021 The nine-wicket game continues to be hugely popular. Southern Living, 17 May 2021 But their hopes of setting an impregnable Steve Waugh side a tough fourth innings chase were undone by part-time spinner Simon Katich, who starred with a career best 6-65 in Australia’s eventual nine-wicket victory. Tristan Lavalette, Forbes, 6 Apr. 2021 Stoppard was the wicket-keeper, stylish in enormous bright red Slazenger gloves. New York Times, 15 Feb. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of wicket

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for wicket

Middle English wiket, from Anglo-French, probably of Germanic origin; akin to Old Norse vīk inlet, corner

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“Wicket.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wicket. Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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wick·​et | \ ˈwi-kət How to pronounce wicket (audio) \

Kids Definition of wicket

1 : an arch (as of wire) through which the ball is hit in the game of croquet
2 : a small gate or door in or near a larger gate or door
3 : a small window (as in a bank) through which business is conducted
4 : either of the two sets of three rods topped by two crosspieces at which the ball is bowled in cricket


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