g. crook


George, 1829–90, U.S. general in Indian wars.
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crook (krʊk)
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
7.  to bend or curve or cause to bend or curve
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

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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