Definition of wicket noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈwɪkɪt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɪkɪt//
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  1. 1either of the two sets of three vertical sticks (called stumps ) with pieces of wood (called bails ) lying across the top. The bowler tries to hit the wicket with the ball. See related entries: Cricket
  2. 2the area of ground between the two wickets See related entries: Cricket
  3. Word OriginMiddle English (in the sense ‘small door or grille’): from Anglo-Norman French and Old Northern French wiket; origin uncertain, usually referred to the Germanic root of Old Norse vīkja ‘to turn, move’. The current cricket senses date from the late 17th cent.Idioms to act as a wicketkeeper See related entries: Cricket (British English, informal) a difficult situation