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[kroh-shey; British kroh-shey, -shee] /kroʊˈʃeɪ; British ˈkroʊ ʃeɪ, -ʃi/
needlework done with a needle having a small hook at one end for drawing the thread or yarn through intertwined loops.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), crocheted
[kroh-sheyd; British kroh-sheyd, -sheed] /kroʊˈʃeɪd; British ˈkroʊ ʃeɪd, -ʃid/ (Show IPA),
[kroh-shey-ing; British kroh-shey-ing, -shee-ing] /kroʊˈʃeɪ ɪŋ; British ˈkroʊ ʃeɪ ɪŋ, -ʃi ɪŋ/ (Show IPA)
to form by crochet.
Origin of crochet
1840-50; < French: knitting needle, literally, small hook, diminutive of croche, croc < Middle English or Scandinavian. See crook1, -et
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[kroh-shey-er; British kroh-shey-er, -shee-] /kroʊˈʃeɪ ər; British ˈkroʊ ʃeɪ ər, -ʃi-/ (Show IPA),
well-crocheted, adjective Unabridged
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  • Louie's eyes, the only parts of her that moved, had rested on the crochet, and that had brought Cleste into her mind.

    The Story of Louie Oliver Onions
  • Repeat these stripes as many times as are requisite, and crochet up the sides.

  • We deem it unnecessary to add more examples in crochet, as without engravings, they would not be understood.

  • So she took her workbag off the bed, and brought out her crochet.

    Good Old Anna Marie Belloc Lowndes
  • A leather armchair was by the fireplace adorned by a crochet antimicassa, and a sofa of the same description was by the window.

    Daisy Ashford: Her Book Daisy Ashford
  • You may either use ribbon to hang them by or crochet a cord of this silk.

    Mary's Rainbow Mary Edward Feehan
  • Fine mercerised cotton, or crochet silk thread is used with a fine hook.

  • She could crochet and she could embroider, so these helped a bit.

  • Begin the rose with a small thick ring made by winding the padding cotton ten times around the end of the crochet needle.

British Dictionary definitions for crochet


/ˈkrəʊʃeɪ; -ʃɪ/
verb -chets (-ʃeɪz; -ʃɪz), -cheting (-ʃeɪɪŋ; -ʃɪɪŋ), -cheted (-ʃeɪd; -ʃɪd)
to make (a piece of needlework, a garment, etc) by looping and intertwining thread with a hooked needle (crochet hook)
work made by crocheting
(architect) another name for crocket
(zoology) a hooklike structure of insect larvae that aids locomotion
Derived Forms
crocheter, noun
Word Origin
C19: from French crochet, diminutive of croc hook, probably of Scandinavian origin
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Word Origin and History for crochet

1840, from French crochet (12c.), diminutive of croc "hook," from Old Norse krokr "hook" (see crook). So called for the hooked needle used.


1858, from crochet (n.). Related: Crocheted; crocheting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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