crooked

[krook-id for 1-4, 6; krookt 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:
1200–50; Middle English croked; see crook1, -ed2

crookedly, adverb
crookedness, noun
uncrooked, adjective
uncrookedly, adverb


1. winding, devious, sinuous, flexuous, tortuous, spiral, twisted. 3. misshapen. 4. unscrupulous, knavish, tricky, fraudulent.
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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 (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]

crooked (ˈkrʊkɪd)
 
adj
1.  bent, angled or winding
2.  set at an angle; not straight
3.  deformed or contorted
4.  informal dishonest or illegal
5.  informal (Austral) crooked on hostile or averse to
 
'crookedly
 
adv
 
'crookedness
 
n

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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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Example sentences
We're hitting a tiny ball with insanely crooked sticks.
His chosen cause is the repatriation of billions of dollars supposedly stashed
  abroad by the rich and crooked.
Water and sewer lines were buried beneath the crooked lanes.
The idea that surgically straightening crooked veins could somehow benefit a
  degenerative nerve problem was astounding.
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