[ kroh-shey; British kroh-shey, -shee ]
See synonyms for: crochetcrochetedcrocheting on

  1. needlework done with a needle having a small hook at one end for drawing the thread or yarn through intertwined loops.

verb (used with or without object),cro·cheted [kroh-sheyd; British kroh-sheyd, -sheed], /kroʊˈʃeɪd; British ˈkroʊ ʃeɪd, -ʃid/, cro·chet·ing [kroh-shey-ing; British kroh-shey-ing, -shee-ing]. /kroʊˈʃeɪ ɪŋ; British ˈkroʊ ʃeɪ ɪŋ, -ʃi ɪŋ/.
  1. to form by crochet.

Origin of crochet

1840–50; <French: knitting needle, literally, small hook, diminutive of croche, croc<Middle English or Scandinavian. See crook1, -et

Other words from crochet

  • cro·chet·er [kroh-shey-er; British kroh-shey-er, -shee-], /kroʊˈʃeɪ ər; British ˈkroʊ ʃeɪ ər, -ʃi-/, noun
  • well-cro·cheted, adjective

Words Nearby crochet Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use crochet in a sentence

  • Moreover, to the extreme satisfaction of Mary, she left her crochet-needle on the floor at night.

    The Daisy Chain | Charlotte Yonge
  • "Very well," and Helen tossed away her crochet and put on her hat.

    Daisy Ashford: Her Book | Daisy Ashford
  • Many like to use a thread of silk or mercerized crochet-cotton with the Shetland floss or other wool which may be chosen.

  • A chain of thirty-four stitches; double-crochet into this for thirty rows, taking the back stitch, so as to form a rib.

    Little Folks | Various

British Dictionary definitions for crochet


/ (ˈkrəʊʃeɪ, -ʃɪ) /

verb-chets (-ʃeɪz, -ʃɪz), -cheting (-ʃeɪɪŋ, -ʃɪɪŋ) or -cheted (-ʃeɪd, -ʃɪd)
  1. to make (a piece of needlework, a garment, etc) by looping and intertwining thread with a hooked needle (crochet hook)

  1. work made by crocheting

  2. architect another name for crocket

  1. zoology a hooklike structure of insect larvae that aids locomotion

Origin of crochet

C19: from French crochet, diminutive of croc hook, probably of Scandinavian origin

Derived forms of crochet

  • crocheter, noun

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