- not straight; bending; curved: a crooked path.
- askew; awry: The picture on the wall seems to be crooked.
- deformed: a man with a crooked back.
- not straightforward; dishonest.
- bent and often raised or moved to one side, as a finger or neck.
- (of a coin) polygonal: a crooked sixpence.
Origin of crooked
Synonyms for crookedSee more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com
- 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
Related Words for crookedcurving, meandering, twisted, sinuous, winding, gnarled, curved, devious, errant, serpentine, twisting, unscrupulous, deceitful, shady, dishonest, fraudulent, bowed, rambling, deformed, deviating
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Contemporary Examples of crooked
And there was an underlying compassion for each character, no matter how crooked or misguided or totally bananas.‘American Hustle’ Is Overrated
January 28, 2014
Smiling on the red carpet, Gaga showed off a set of oversized rotten dentures, featuring "metallic gums and crooked teeth."Lady Gaga Experiments with Rotten Teeth; Kerry Washington Plays a Realistic Michelle Obama
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November 4, 2013
The economy melts down because of something a bunch of crooked bankers do.The Republicans’ Food Stamp Fraud: It’s Not About Austerity
October 26, 2013
A person, Kant tells us, is crooked timber from which no straight thing can be made.A Hebrew Democratic State for All Its Citizens
October 3, 2013
In 2001 Scottish writer A.L. Kennedy had some harsh words about the prize, calling it “a pile of crooked nonsense.”The 12 Biggest Booker Prize Controversies
July 23, 2013
Historical Examples of crooked
"You must have crooked ways to catch crooks, believe me," he said cheerfully.Within the Law
I am a mud-head myself to think a crooked rod could save them.'
We had had nothing much since leaving the camp at Crooked Water.
"Crooked as a dog's hind legs," snarled Lewis, biting viciously at his cigar.
Why, John, when you brought him home you said he was crooked.
- bent, angled or winding
- set at an angle; not straight
- deformed or contorted
- informal dishonest or illegal
- crooked on (also krʊkt) Australian informal hostile or averse to
- 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