crook

crook

1 [krook]
noun
1.
a bent or curved implement, piece, appendage, etc.; hook.
2.
the hooked part of anything.
3.
an instrument or implement having a bent or curved part, as a shepherd's staff hooked at one end or the crosier of a bishop or abbot.
4.
a dishonest person, especially a sharper, swindler, or thief.
5.
a bend, turn, or curve: a crook in the road.
6.
the act of crooking or bending.
7.
a pothook.
8.
Also called shank. a device on some musical wind instruments for changing the pitch, consisting of a piece of tubing inserted into the main tube.
verb (used with object)
9.
to bend; curve; make a crook in.
10.
Slang. to steal, cheat, or swindle: She crooked a ring from that shop.
verb (used without object)
11.
to bend; curve.

Origin:
1125–75; Middle English crok(e) < Old Norse krāka hook

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crook

2 [krook]
adjective Australian.
1.
sick or feeble.
2.
ill-humored; angry.
3.
out of order; functioning improperly.
4.
unsatisfactory; disappointing.

Origin:
1875–80; perhaps alteration of cronk

Crook

[krook]
noun
George, 1829–90, U.S. general in Indian wars.
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crook (krʊk)
 
n
1.  a curved or hooked thing
2.  a staff with a hooked end, such as a bishop's crosier or shepherd's staff
3.  a turn or curve; bend
4.  informal a dishonest person, esp a swindler or thief
5.  the act or an instance of crooking or bending
6.  Also called: shank a piece of tubing added to a brass instrument in order to obtain a lower harmonic series
 
vb
7.  to bend or curve or cause to bend or curve
 
adj
8.  informal (Austral), (NZ)
 a.  ill
 b.  of poor quality
 c.  unpleasant; bad
9.  informal (Austral), (NZ) go crook, go off crook to lose one's temper
10.  informal (Austral), (NZ) go crook at, go crook on to rebuke or upbraid
 
[C12: from Old Norse krokr hook; related to Swedish krok, Danish krog hook, Old High German krācho hooked tool]

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Word Origin & History

crook
early 13c., "hook-shaped instrument or weapon," from O.N. krokr "hook, corner," of obscure origin. Meaning of "swindler" is Amer.Eng., 1879, but crook "dishonest trick" was in M.E.
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Idioms & Phrases

crook

In addition to the idioms beginning with crook, also see by hook or crook.

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crook

in brass musical instruments, detachable piece of metal tubing inserted between the mouthpiece and the main tubing or in the middle of the tubing to lengthen the air column produced. This manipulation allows the player to obtain notes not included in the harmonic series of the original air column. Crooks were in use at least by about 1600 and were used extensively by the late 18th century. They were superseded in the 19th century by valves, which, unlike crooks, allowed instantaneous changes in basic air-column pitch

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