Origin of crooked
Synonyms for crooked
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of crook1
Examples from the Web for crooked
And there was an underlying compassion for each character, no matter how crooked or misguided or totally bananas.
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|The Fashion Beast Team|November 4, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The economy melts down because of something a bunch of crooked bankers do.The Republicans’ Food Stamp Fraud: It’s Not About Austerity|Michael Tomasky|October 26, 2013|DAILY BEAST
A person, Kant tells us, is crooked timber from which no straight thing can be made.
In 2001 Scottish writer A.L. Kennedy had some harsh words about the prize, calling it “a pile of crooked nonsense.”
And he had a crooked, embarrassed smile that was a delight to see.IT and Other Stories|Gouverneur Morris
It was so crooked that when you started to ride on it youd meet yourself coming back.Frank Merriwell's Alarm|Burt L. Standish
Why, I'm plain, and old and blind and crooked—but he don't know it.Prairie Gold|Various
This morning I saw him hold up two fingers, the third crooked, in sign of the remaining "two and a stump."Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist|Alexander Berkman
He is small, clean-shaven, with a crooked nose and a noticeable blink.At Ypres with Best-Dunkley|Thomas Hope Floyd
- of poor quality
- unpleasant; bad
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