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crook2

[kroo k]
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adjective Australian.
  1. sick or feeble.
  2. ill-humored; angry.
  3. out of order; functioning improperly.
  4. unsatisfactory; disappointing.

Origin of crook2

First recorded in 1875–80; perhaps alteration of cronk
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Examples from the Web for crooker

Historical Examples

  • Judge Crooker came in the evening with ice-cream and a frosted cake.

    The Prodigal Village

    Irving Bacheller

  • Phyllis wore a gown which Judge Crooker described as "the limit."

    The Prodigal Village

    Irving Bacheller

  • They had become in the language of Judge Crooker, "perfect Phyllistines!"

    The Prodigal Village

    Irving Bacheller

  • Of course, "the fish had to be fed," as Judge Crooker had once put it.

    The Prodigal Village

    Irving Bacheller

  • Mrs. Crooker had once said, "Mamie Bing has a passion for self-improvement."

    The Prodigal Village

    Irving Bacheller


British Dictionary definitions for crooker

crook

noun
  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
verb
  1. to bend or curve or cause to bend or curve
adjective
  1. Australian and NZ informal
    1. ill
    2. of poor quality
    3. unpleasant; bad
  2. go crook or go off crook Australian and NZ informal to lose one's temper
  3. go crook at or go crook on Australian and NZ informal to rebuke or upbraid

Word Origin

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 and History for crooker

crook

n.

early 13c., "hook-shaped instrument or weapon," from Old Norse krokr "hook, corner," cognate with Old High German kracho "hooked tool," of obscure origin but perhaps related to a widespread group of Germanic kr- words meaning "bent, hooked." Meaning "swindler" is American English, 1879, from crooked in figurative sense of "dishonest" (1708). Crook "dishonest trick" was in Middle English.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with crooker

crook

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