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crooked

[kroo k-id for 1-4, 6; kroo kt for 5] /ˈkrʊk ɪd for 1-4, 6; krʊkt for 5/
adjective
1.
not straight; bending; curved:
a crooked path.
2.
askew; awry:
The picture on the wall seems to be crooked.
3.
deformed:
a man with a crooked back.
4.
not straightforward; dishonest.
5.
bent and often raised or moved to one side, as a finger or neck.
6.
(of a coin) polygonal:
a crooked sixpence.
Origin of crooked
1200-1250
1200-50; Middle English croked; see crook1, -ed2
Related forms
crookedly, adverb
crookedness, noun
uncrooked, adjective
uncrookedly, adverb
Synonyms
1. winding, devious, sinuous, flexuous, tortuous, spiral, twisted. 3. misshapen. 4. unscrupulous, knavish, tricky, fraudulent.

crook1

[kroo k] /krʊk/
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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  • He passionately denounced the surrender, the "policy of subterfuge and crooked ways," which threatened to founder Italy.

    The Life of Mazzini Bolton King
  • I am a mud-head myself to think a crooked rod could save them.'

    The Trail Book Mary Austin
  • The Man never wearied of the crooked secret-looking streets and fine buildings of the old, old city.

    The Fortunate Isles Mary Stuart Boyd
  • "crooked as a dog's hind legs," snarled Lewis, biting viciously at his cigar.

    Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
  • L is a loop, the axis of which is straight, while R is one the axis of which is curved or crooked.

    Dactylography Henry Faulds
British Dictionary definitions for crooked

crooked

/ˈkrʊkɪd/
adjective
1.
bent, angled or winding
2.
set at an angle; not straight
3.
deformed or contorted
4.
(informal) dishonest or illegal
5.
(Austral, informal) crooked on (also) (krʊkt). hostile or averse to
Derived Forms
crookedly, adverb
crookedness, noun

crook

/krʊk/
noun
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
verb
7.
to bend or curve or cause to bend or curve
adjective
8.
(Austral & NZ, informal)
  1. ill
  2. of poor quality
  3. unpleasant; bad
9.
(Austral & NZ, informal) go crook, go off crook, to lose one's temper
10.
(Austral & NZ, informal) go crook at, go crook on, to rebuke or upbraid
Word Origin
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 and History for crooked

crook

n.

early 13c., "hook-shaped instrument or weapon," from Old Norse krokr "hook, corner," cognate with Old High German kracho "hooked tool," of obscure origin but perhaps related to a widespread group of Germanic kr- words meaning "bent, hooked." Meaning "swindler" is American English, 1879, from crooked in figurative sense of "dishonest" (1708). Crook "dishonest trick" was in Middle English.

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Slang definitions & phrases for crooked

crock of shit

noun phrase

Nonsense; lies and exaggerations; mendacious cant; bullshit: characterized reports of TJ Club activity in Weinstein's campaign as a ''crock of shit''/ Asked about Burns's contention, he replied, ''That's a crock of shit'' (1940s+)

crook

noun

A habitual or professional criminal; a consistently dishonest person: The chief said, ''I'm not a crook'' (1870s+)

verb

To steal: He crooked my socks (1940s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Idioms and Phrases with crooked

crook

In addition to the idioms beginning with crook crook one's elbow also see: by hook or crook
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