- George,1829–90, U.S. general in Indian wars.
- a curved or hooked thing
- a staff with a hooked end, such as a bishop's crosier or shepherd's staff
- a turn or curve; bend
- informal a dishonest person, esp a swindler or thief
- the act or an instance of crooking or bending
- Also called: shank a piece of tubing added to a brass instrument in order to obtain a lower harmonic series
- to bend or curve or cause to bend or curve
- Australian and NZ informal
- of poor quality
- unpleasant; bad
- go crook or go off crook Australian and NZ informal to lose one's temper
- go crook at or go crook on Australian and NZ informal to rebuke or upbraid
Word Origin and History for george crook
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.