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crook1

[kroo k] /krʊk/
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 of crook1
1125-1175
1125-75; Middle English crok(e) < Old Norse krāka hook
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Examples from the Web for crooking
Historical Examples
  • There was only that--and the extending arm, the crooking finger, the black mouth of the automatic seeking his heart.

    The Alaskan James Oliver Curwood
  • Could settle the deadliest quarrel in the country by crooking his little finger.

    Lord Jim Joseph Conrad
  • "You," Wotar said quietly, crooking a long forefinger at the cave-man.

    Warrior of the Dawn Howard Carleton Browne
  • Zoe runs to the chandelier and, crooking her leg, adjusts the mantle.

    Ulysses James Joyce
  • Result was, Bradley was crooking his elbow a great deal too often lately and going off every way.

    Hilda Sarah Jeanette Duncan
  • At the crooking of his captain's finger, he walked back to the bench.

  • "Come along, Elsie," he said, crooking his left arm for her.

    The Pillar of Light Louis Tracy
  • Peter Ball could make her cry by crooking his little finger at her.

    The Celebrity at Home Violet Hunt
  • He drew me close to him by crooking his arm and as my head came up past his level he caught me by my collar with his teeth!

    Alaska Days with John Muir Samuel Hall Young
  • He opened the door and, crooking his finger, beckoned to Lipa.

British Dictionary definitions for crooking

crook

/krʊk/
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
7.
to bend or curve or cause to bend or curve
adjective
8.
(Austral & NZ, informal)
  1. ill
  2. of poor quality
  3. unpleasant; bad
9.
(Austral & NZ, informal) go crook, go off crook, to lose one's temper
10.
(Austral & NZ, informal) go crook at, go crook on, 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 crooking

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.

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Slang definitions & phrases for crooking

crook

noun

A habitual or professional criminal; a consistently dishonest person: The chief said, ''I'm not a crook'' (1870s+)

verb

To steal: He crooked my socks (1940s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Idioms and Phrases with crooking

crook

In addition to the idioms beginning with crook crook one's elbow also see: by hook or crook
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