wick·et / ˈwikit/ • n. 1. (also wick·et door or wick·et gate) a small door or gate, esp. one beside or in a larger one. ∎ an opening in a door or wall, often fitted with glass or a grille and used for selling tickets or a similar purpose. ∎ one of the wire hoops on a croquet course. 2. Cricket each of the sets of three stumps with two bails across the top at either end of the pitch, defended by a batsman. ∎ the prepared strip of ground between these two sets of stumps. ∎ the dismissal of a batsman; each of ten dismissals regarded as marking a division of a side's innings: Darlington won by four wickets. PHRASES: a sticky wicket Cricket a pitch that has been drying after rain and is difficult to bat on. ∎ [in sing.] inf. a tricky or awkward situation: the problem of who sits where can create a sticky wicket. take a wicket Cricket (of a bowler or a fielding side) dismiss a batsman.