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crocked

[krokt]
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adjective Slang.
  1. drunk.
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Origin of crocked

An Americanism dating back to 1925–30; crock2 + -ed2

crock2

[krok]
noun
  1. a person or thing that is old, decrepit, or broken-down.
  2. Slang. a person who complains about or insists on being treated for an imagined illness.
  3. an old ewe.
  4. an old worn-out horse.
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verb (used with object)
  1. British Slang. to disable or injure.
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Origin of crock2

1300–50; Middle English crok old ewe, perhaps akin to crack (v.) and obsolete crack whore; compare Low German krakke broken-down horse

crock3

[krok]
noun
  1. British Dialect. soot; smut.
  2. excess surface dye from imperfectly dyed cloth.
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verb (used with object)
  1. British Dialect. to soil with soot.
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verb (used without object)
  1. (of cloth) to give off excess surface dye when rubbed.
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Origin of crock3

First recorded in 1650–60; origin uncertain
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Examples from the Web for crocked

Historical Examples

  • Poor Balfour was awfully lonely after Chamberlain crocked up.

    Changing Winds

    St. John G. Ervine

  • His grandfather was crocked, his father too, and he's as bad.

    The Longest Journey

    E. M. Forster

  • They jostled and crocked against one another, rolled over and stopped.

    Local Color

    Irvin S. Cobb

  • Is this some of the vintage you crocked poor old Hinton with?

    Kathleen

    Christopher Morley

  • Well, is it all rot, or did you—­you know what I mean—­sham a crocked wrist?

    Mike

    P. G. Wodehouse


British Dictionary definitions for crocked

crocked

adjective slang
  1. British injured
  2. US and Canadian drunk
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crock1

noun
  1. an earthen pot, jar, etc
  2. a piece of broken earthenware
  3. Also: crock of shit US and Canadian informal a quantity or source of lies or nonsense
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Word Origin

Old English crocc pot; related to Old Norse krukka jug, Middle Low German krūke pot

crock2

noun
  1. slang, mainly British a person or thing, such as a car, that is old or decrepit (esp in the phrase old crock)
  2. an old broken-down horse or ewe
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verb
  1. slang, mainly British to become or cause to become weak or disabled
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Word Origin

C15: originally Scottish; related to Norwegian krake unhealthy animal, Dutch kraak decrepit person or animal

crock3

noun
  1. dialect, mainly British soot or smut
  2. colour that rubs off fabric
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verb
  1. (tr) dialect, mainly British to soil with or as if with soot
  2. (intr) (of a dyed fabric) to release colour when rubbed, as a result of imperfect dyeing
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Word Origin

C17: probably from crock 1
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Word Origin and History for crocked

crock

n.

Old English crocc, crocca "pot, vessel," from Proto-Germanic *krogu "pitcher, pot" (cf. Old Frisian krocha "pot," Old Saxon kruka, Middle Dutch cruke, Dutch kruik, Old High German kruog "pitcher," German Krug, Old Norse krukka "pot"). Perhaps from the same source as Middle Irish crocan "pot," Greek krossos "pitcher," Old Church Slavonic krugla "cup." Used as an image of worthless rubbish since 19c., perhaps from the use of crockery as chamberpots.

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