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croquet

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v croquet play a game in which players hit a wooden ball through a series of hoops
    • v croquet drive away by hitting with one's ball, "croquet the opponent's ball"
    • n croquet a game in which players hit a wooden ball through a series of hoops; the winner is the first to traverse all the hoops and hit a peg
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Ohio, if you ignore an orator on Decoration day to such an extent as to publicly play croquet or pitch horseshoes within one mile of the speaker's stand, you can be fined $25.00.
    • Croquet An open-air game in which two or more players endeavor to drive wooden balls, by means of mallets, through a series of hoops or arches set in the ground according to some pattern.
    • v. t Croquet In the game of croquet, to drive away an opponent's ball, after putting one's own in contact with it, by striking one's own ball with the mallet.
    • Croquet The act of croqueting.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n croquet A game played on a lawn or a prepared piece of ground, with mallets, balls, pegs or posts, and a number of iron hoops or arches arranged in a certain order. The order differs, but that most commonly employed in the United States is shown in the illustration. It can be played by two or more, and, in the case of several playing, they may either be divided into two parties or play each for himself. The object of the players is, starting from one end of the field, to drive the balls belonging to their own side through the hoops to the peg at the opposite end of the field, and then back again to the first peg, or winning-peg. The side doing this first wins the game. In playing, each person in turn strikes his own ball once; if his ball passes through a wicket, or hits the turning-peg, he is allowed another stroke; and if he hits one of the other balls, he may drive that away by placing his own against it and striking his own, after which he has another stroke.
    • n croquet In the game of croquet, the act of a player, upon hitting a second ball with his own, of driving that one away by a stroke on his own, which he holds firmly with his foot, after he has placed the two in contact.
    • croquet In the game of croquet, to drive off by a croquet, as an adversary's ball. See croquet, n., 2.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Croquet krō′kā a game in which two or more players try to drive wooden balls, by means of long-handled mallets, through a series of arches set in the ground.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From French; cf. Walloon croque, blow, fillip. F. croquet, a crisp biscuit, croquer, to crunch, fr. croc, a crackling sound, of imitative origin. Croquet, then properly meant a smart tap on the ball
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
North Fr. croquet, a dial. form of crochet, dim. of croc, croche, a crook.

Usage

In literature:

But in the week after next we shall be in great croquet force.
"The Letters of Charles Dickens" by Charles Dickens
At the same time I should like to point out that I never said I was going to play croquet.
"Happy Days" by Alan Alexander Milne
They were still out on the lawn, and Henry had made a suggestion that they should all play golf-croquet when Rutley came to clear the table.
"Love at Paddington" by W. Pett Ridge
Her arms were no bigger than the handles of our croquet mallets.
"Fairy Prince and Other Stories" by Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
There's one of our camps has a croquet-ground.
"The Associate Hermits" by Frank R. Stockton
She flings herself with a far greater ardor into the mysteries of croquet.
"Modern Women and What is Said of Them" by Anonymous
They haven't taken in the croquet hoops yet; shall we play at that?
"The Talking Horse" by F. Anstey
In other words, the thing's feet must have been arched like a croquet wicket.
"IT and Other Stories" by Gouverneur Morris
Gardening, croquet, and tennis are very desirable.
"The Home Medical Library, Volume II (of VI)" by Various
I can see the croquet ground as plain as can be, and it looks like a great square loaf.
"Harper's Young People, February 3, 1880" by Various
He promised to play croquet with her.
"What's-His-Name" by George Barr McCutcheon
After supper some of the guests sat on the porch, others walked about the grounds, and some played croquet.
"A California Girl" by Edward Eldridge
There was one terrace devoted to croquet, another to tennis.
"The School Queens" by L. T. Meade
You'd far better stick to your croquet.
"Soldiers of the Queen" by Harold Avery
It's just as easy as croquet, when you make up your mind.
"The Universal Reciter" by Various
I do like croquet, though papa laughs at me.
"Is He Popenjoy?" by Anthony Trollope
Still, this isn't going to be a croquet party; anything may happen.
"In the Shadow of the Hills" by George C. Shedd
It was a trembling question with Matilda, could she go to play croquet the next day?
"Opportunities" by Susan Warner
Girls rush into matrimony now-a-days with as much carelessness as they would choose partners at a game of croquet.
"That Mother-in-Law of Mine" by Anonymous
But Irene flew to her, and insisted upon a croquet-party or a drive, or a musical soiree.
"Hope Mills" by Amanda M. Douglas
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In poetry:

"I'll give him this one chance -
If he'll more gaily bear him,
Play croquet, smoke, and dance,
I willingly will spare him."
"The Rival Curates" by William Schwenck Gilbert
"What?" said that reverend gent,
"Dance through my hours of leisure?
Smoke? - bathe myself with scent? -
Play croquet? Oh, with pleasure!
"The Rival Curates" by William Schwenck Gilbert
"These are the various wholesome ways
In which I'll spend my nights and days:
My zeal will have no time to cool
At croquet, archery, or pool."
"The Reverend Simon Magus" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Like gossamer her robe was
Around her lightly drawn,
A filmy summer-garment
That fairy maidens don
To make them look like angels
Croqueting on the lawn.
"Margaret" by Hattie Howard
On a moonlight evening, in the month of May,
A number of young people were playing at croquet,
They mingled together, the bashful with the gay,
And had a pleasant time and chat, while playing at croquet.
"Croquet" by Julia A Moore
In a garden where the may made the straggling fences gay
And the roses cream and scarlet shed their petals on the breeze
Your maiden aunts and I, and you, demure and shy,
Played a sober game of croquet underneath the spreading trees.
"Croquet" by Alice Guerin Crist

In news:

TRYING IT OUT – Two students of the croquet clinic try their hand at the basics.
Unlike the backyard croquet familiar from childhood summers, true competitive croquet's wickets are barely wider than a ball.
Croquet can be a thinking person's game.
Summer golf croquet league awards ceremony is Tuesday.
National Croquet Center celebrates a decade.
Ephraim Shulman demonstrates proper backswing of croquet mallet at the Croquet Club of Vermont in Woodstock.
Croquet is easy to play, but hard to master.
The Warrensburgh Historical Society's 13th annual "Sticky Wicket " croquet tournament and picnic will be held Sunday Aug 9 at the Warren County Fish Hatchery pavilion.
Margaret Comstock, 6, attempts a wicket stroke Monday while playing croquet at Savikko Park.
This sprawling resort is Napa's forested hideaway, offering everything from tennis and golf instruction to croquet and personalized wine tours.
I watched the Fulham-Reading game and it was like watching two toddlers have at each other with croquet mallets.
Turn a ho-hum lawn into a hub of activity with a sport court for horseshoes, croquet, or bocce.
She was a member of the Boca Grande Woman's Club, the Gasparilla Inn & Club Croquet Club, and St Andrew's Episcopal Church in Boca Grande.
You need games of skill and strategy, games once played by warriors and kings—games like bocce, horseshoes, and croquet.
So grab a few friends and some cucumber sandwiches and head to the backyard for a game of croquet.
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