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A cricket (Gryllidae) in Singapore
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EtymologyEdit

Sense 2 is derived from the cinematic metaphor of chirping crickets at night, signaling (otherwise) complete quiet.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

crickets

  1. plural of cricket.
  2. (US, slang, humorous) Used alone or in metaphorically descriptive phrases: absolute silence; no communication.
    Since then, I've received no response. Not a word. Just ... crickets.
    We asked for an explanation, but all we got were crickets.
    • 2015 September 14, Monica Davey, “Panel studying racial divide in Missouri presents a blunt picture of inequity [print version: Report blunt on race inequity, International New York Times, 15 September 2015, page 7]”, in The New York Times[1]:
      Maria Chapelle-Nadal, a Democratic state senator, said she feared that the commission's findings would be announced with great fanfare, "but then we're just going to hear crickets, crickets, crickets."
    • 2016 June 27, Ellen Barry, “To U.S. in ’70s, a dissenting diplomat. To Bangladesh, ‘a true friend.’ [print version: A dissenter remembered: Diplomat pushed U.S. to condemn Pakistan’s 1971 assault on Dhaka, International New York Times, 29 June 2016, page 2]”, in The New York Times[2]:
      Stopping a group of teenage boys at a museum [in Bangladesh] devoted to the 1971 war, I asked them which American leaders had played an important role in the conflict. Henry A. Kissinger? They looked at me with blank faces. Richard M. Nixon? Crickets.

InterjectionEdit

crickets

  1. Expressing mild annoyance.
    Oh, crickets! I can’t believe how forgetful I am.

SwedishEdit

NounEdit

crickets

  1. indefinite genitive singular of cricket
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