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]

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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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Example sentences
Perhaps he was a tyrant because he was set over crooks, and crooks are cowards
  in the presence of authority.
It's always interesting when crooks are caught and exposed.
So it is better to be an agnostic, live your life as it is instead of being
  used by a bunch of crooks.
Stay away from these crooks and dont believe a word they are saying.
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