- a black, European crow, Corvus frugilegus, noted for its gregarious habits.
- a sharper at cards or dice; swindler.
- to cheat; fleece; swindle.
Origin of rook1
- one of two pieces of the same color that may be moved any number of unobstructed squares horizontally or vertically; castle.
Origin of rook2
Examples from the Web for rook
One day he happened to mention his trouble and disappointment to the Rook.
That they are,” replied the Rook, “and they ought to be taught better.
The following day the Blackbird had a long talk with the Rook.
I carried the lady into her rook, and they ran for a surgeon and a midwife.The Memoires of Casanova, Complete
Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
If one rook of a colony gets into trouble, all the rest are worried about him directly.Chatterbox, 1905.
- a large Eurasian passerine bird, Corvus frugilegus, with a black plumage and a whitish base to its bill: family Corvidae (crows)
- slang a swindler or cheat, esp one who cheats at cards
- (tr) slang to overcharge, swindle, or cheat
- a chesspiece that may move any number of unoccupied squares in a straight line, horizontally or verticallyAlso called: castle
Word Origin and History for rook
"European crow," Old English hroc, from Proto-Germanic *khrokaz (cf. Old Norse hrokr, Middle Dutch roec, Dutch roek, Middle Swedish roka, Old High German hruoh "crow"), possibly imitative of its raucous voice (cf. Gaelic roc "croak," Sanskrit kruc "to cry out"). Used as a disparaging term for persons since at least c.1500, and extended by 1570s to mean "a cheat," especially at cards or dice.
chess piece, c.1300, from Old French roc, from Arabic rukhkh, from Persian rukh, of unknown meaning, perhaps somehow related to the Indian name for the piece, rut, from Hindi rath "chariot." Confused in Middle English with roc.
"to defraud by cheating" (originally especially in a game), 1590s, from rook (n.1) in some sense (e.g. "a gull, simpleton," but this is not attested until 17c.). Related: Rooked; rooking.