General English


  • A secondary roof built on top of an existing roof designed to divert water drainage away from vertical protrusions.


  • noun the game itself
    Citation ‘John Denwick of Guldeford … being of the age of fyfty and nyne yeares … saith upon his oath that hee hath known the parcell of land … for the space of Fyfty years and … that hee being a schollar in the Free schoole of Guldeford, hee and several of his fellowes did runne and play there at Creckett and other plaies’ (Guild Merchant Book, Guildford 1598)
  • noun the manner or quality of play, by a team or individual, in a game of cricket
    Citation ‘Some of the “sweet girl cricketers” displayed a knowledge of the game and a proficiency that could only have been acquired by long and regular practice. miss Dean, for example, showed really superior cricket’ (Town and country Journal [Sydney], 13 March 1886)
    Citation ‘The afternoon session contained some wonderfully competitive cricket from England after Peter Such had broken the Australian opening partnership’ (Mike Selvey, Guardian 7 July 1993)
    Citation ‘The Australians played their best cricket shortly after lunch, when Flintoff was edging towards his hundred and Jones was momentarily becalmed’ (Haigh 2005)
  • verb to play cricket
    Citation ‘At Harrow I was always cricketing–rebelling–fighting–rowing’ (Lord Byron, Letters & Journals 1830)


  • noun an outdoor sport played by two teams of 11 players using a flat bat, a small hard ball, and wickets.

Origin & History of “cricket”

English has two completely unrelated words cricket. The name of the small grasshopper-like insect (14th c.) comes from Old French criquet, a derivative of the verb criquer ‘click, creak’, which no doubt originated as an imitation of the sound itself. The origins of the name of the game cricket (16th c.) have never been satisfactorily explained. One explanation often advanced is that it comes from Old French criquet ‘stick’, or its possible source, Flemish krick, although it is not clear whether the original reference may have been to the stick at which the ball was aimed (the forerunner of the modern stumps) or to the stick, or bat, used to hit the ball. Another possible candidate is Flemish krick-stoel, a long low stool with a shape reminiscent of the early types of wicket.