crookedness

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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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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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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