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[kroo k-id for 1–4, 6; kroo kt for 5] /ˈkrʊk ɪd for 1–4, 6; krʊkt for 5/
not straight; bending; curved:
a crooked path.
askew; awry:
The picture on the wall seems to be crooked.
a man with a crooked back.
not straightforward; dishonest.
bent and often raised or moved to one side, as a finger or neck.
(of a coin) polygonal:
a crooked sixpence.
Origin of crooked
1200-50; Middle English croked; see crook1, -ed2
Related forms
crookedly, adverb
crookedness, noun
uncrooked, adjective
uncrookedly, adverb
1. winding, devious, sinuous, flexuous, tortuous, spiral, twisted. 3. misshapen. 4. unscrupulous, knavish, tricky, fraudulent. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for crookedly
Historical Examples
  • All he cares for is the excitement of big things he can get at crookedly.

    The La Chance Mine Mystery Susan Carleton Jones
  • “They get life so crookedly from servants and such,” he added.

    The Cricket Marjorie Cooke
  • I never saw a cord of wood piled so crookedly before in my life.

    Peggy Owen Patriot Lucy Foster Madison
  • I wonder that, when the twig is so ruthlessly and persistently bent, the tree should reach up ever so crookedly towards heaven.

    A New Atmosphere Gail Hamilton
  • These were mainly the resolutions to which his long meditation had now crookedly and clumsily conducted him.

    Hide and Seek Wilkie Collins
  • Here belated sparrows drank or splashed their dusty feathers, and the parrot watched them crookedly.

    Love Stories Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • Denis stepped down from the bench; tied insecurely and crookedly to the tentpole, the Union Jack hung limp on the windless air.

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  • Notice the weird expression of these trees with their crookedly bent tops, one side of each trunk being almost devoid of branches.

  • Suspended across the gateway hung an old white sheet, with 'Many happy returns,' in red letters, sewn on crookedly.

    Anxious Audrey Mabel Quiller-Couch
  • Now it sat most crookedly upon him and was cut in many places so that it but barely hung upon his shoulders.

British Dictionary definitions for crookedly


bent, angled or winding
set at an angle; not straight
deformed or contorted
(informal) dishonest or illegal
(Austral, informal) crooked on (also) (krʊkt). hostile or averse to
Derived Forms
crookedly, adverb
crookedness, noun
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Slang definitions & phrases for crookedly



Dishonest; fraudulent;

[1870s+; Attested from 1225 in the larger sense ''immoral, perverse, not orthodox'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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