- a bent or curved implement, piece, appendage, etc.; hook.
- the hooked part of anything.
- 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.
- a dishonest person, especially a sharper, swindler, or thief.
- a bend, turn, or curve: a crook in the road.
- the act of crooking or bending.
- a pothook.
- 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.
- to bend; curve; make a crook in.
- Slang. to steal, cheat, or swindle: She crooked a ring from that shop.
- to bend; curve.
Origin of crook1
- sick or feeble.
- ill-humored; angry.
- out of order; functioning improperly.
- unsatisfactory; disappointing.
Origin of crook2
- George,1829–90, U.S. general in Indian wars.
Related Words for crookrogue, villain, swindler, racketeer, scoundrel, robber, cheat, shyster, knave, pilferer, shark, fork, flex, meander, slither, curve, zigzag, bow, hook, snake
Examples from the Web for crook
Contemporary Examples of crook
The crook then produces a MetroCard of his own and offers to swipe the would-be traveler through—for a premium price.My Patrol With the NYPD’s Bill Bratton
March 14, 2014
Errichetti was a foul-mouthed megalomaniac and “a crook at heart,” Greene wrote.The Real Story and Lesson of the Abscam Sting in ‘American Hustle’
December 17, 2013
Once I exposed the leading citizen of Dallas, the very top guy, as a crook who had stolen money.Hugh Aynesworth Has Spent His Career Debunking JFK Conspiracy Theories
November 22, 2013
Kevin Kline won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his hilarious turn as Otto, an Anglophobe crook, in this 1988 comedy.Best Orgasms in Movies, in Honor of National Orgasm Day (VIDEO)
July 31, 2013
Iranians preferred the populist they did not know to the crook they did.Rowhani's Empty Victory
June 19, 2013
Historical Examples of crook
And he's promised to pay for the pinto, so that don't make him a crook.Way of the Lawless
Now, the stool-pigeon in this trick is a swell English crook.
With them, the crook is presumed guilty at the outset of whatever may be charged against him.
If you'd been a crook, well, God knows how we'd a-panned out.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
I am an outlaw, and get my living by hook and by crook in a manner it boots not now to tell of.The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood
- 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 for 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.
In addition to the idioms beginning with crook
- crook one's elbow
- by hook or crook