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[kroh-shey; British kroh-shey, -shee] /kroʊˈʃeɪ; British ˈkroʊ ʃeɪ, -ʃi/
needlework done with a needle having a small hook at one end for drawing the thread or yarn through intertwined loops.
verb (used with or without object), crocheted
[kroh-sheyd; British kroh-sheyd, -sheed] /kroʊˈʃeɪd; British ˈkroʊ ʃeɪd, -ʃid/ (Show IPA),
[kroh-shey-ing; British kroh-shey-ing, -shee-ing] /kroʊˈʃeɪ ɪŋ; British ˈkroʊ ʃeɪ ɪŋ, -ʃi ɪŋ/ (Show IPA)
to form by crochet.
Origin of crochet
1840-50; < French: knitting needle, literally, small hook, diminutive of croche, croc < Middle English or Scandinavian. See crook1, -et
Related forms
[kroh-shey-er; British kroh-shey-er, -shee-] /kroʊˈʃeɪ ər; British ˈkroʊ ʃeɪ ər, -ʃi-/ (Show IPA),
well-crocheted, adjective Unabridged
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  • They're quite well off and all her towels had crochet lace at the ends.

    Jan and Her Job L. Allen Harker
  • They are applied to crochet as well as to the other descriptions of work named.

  • Repeat these stripes as many times as are requisite, and crochet up the sides.

  • So she took her workbag off the bed, and brought out her crochet.

    Good Old Anna Marie Belloc Lowndes
  • Anna took from the bench where she had been sitting the crochet in which she had been interrupted.

    Good Old Anna Marie Belloc Lowndes
  • You may either use ribbon to hang them by or crochet a cord of this silk.

    Mary's Rainbow

    Mary Edward Feehan
  • Julia began to crochet again, nervously absorbed in what she was doing.

  • After supper she went into the garden, taking her work-basket and crochet with her.

  • You see at home, when I get my work done, I knit or crochet or embroider.

    Maw's Vacation Emerson Hough
British Dictionary definitions for crochet


/ˈkrəʊʃeɪ; -ʃɪ/
verb -chets (-ʃeɪz; -ʃɪz), -cheting (-ʃeɪɪŋ; -ʃɪɪŋ), -cheted (-ʃeɪd; -ʃɪd)
to make (a piece of needlework, a garment, etc) by looping and intertwining thread with a hooked needle (crochet hook)
work made by crocheting
(architect) another name for crocket
(zoology) a hooklike structure of insect larvae that aids locomotion
Derived Forms
crocheter, noun
Word Origin
C19: from French crochet, diminutive of croc hook, probably of Scandinavian origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for crochet

1840, from French crochet (12c.), diminutive of croc "hook," from Old Norse krokr "hook" (see crook). So called for the hooked needle used.


1858, from crochet (n.). Related: Crocheted; crocheting.

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