A cricket is a chirping insect that resembles a grasshopper. Cricket is also a popular British sport played with a ball and a flat bat. A cricket might be on the cricket field, but it’s too little to throw the ball.

Crickets have small wings and antennae, and while they don't fly, they can hop far. In some places, it's common to keep a cricket as a pet — and in other places, crickets are eaten and considered crispy delicacies. If you ever get a cricket mixed up with a grasshopper, remember that crickets are usually brown and grasshoppers are green. The root of the insect is criquer, "creak or crackle," and the sport comes from cricke, Middle Dutch for "stick."

Definitions of cricket
  1. noun
    leaping insect; male makes chirping noises by rubbing the forewings together
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    mole cricket
    digs in moist soil and feeds on plant roots
    Acheta domestica, European house cricket
    lives in human dwellings; naturalized in parts of America
    Acheta assimilis, field cricket
    common American black cricket; attacks crops and also enters dwellings
    tree cricket
    pale arboreal American cricket noted for loud stridulation
    Oecanthus fultoni, snowy tree cricket
    pale yellowish tree cricket widely distributed in North America
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    orthopteran, orthopteron, orthopterous insect
    any of various insects having leathery forewings and membranous hind wings and chewing mouthparts
  2. noun
    a game played with a ball and bat by two teams of 11 players; teams take turns trying to score runs
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    field game
    an outdoor game played on a field of specified dimensions
  3. verb
    play cricket
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    participate in games or sport
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