crooked

[ krook-id for 1–4, 6; krookt for 5 ]
/ ˈkrʊk ɪd for 1–4, 6; krʊkt for 5 /

adjective

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

1200–50; Middle English croked; see crook1, -ed2

Related forms

crook·ed·ly, adverbcrook·ed·ness, nounun·crook·ed, adjectiveun·crook·ed·ly, adverb

Definition for crooked (2 of 2)

crook

1
[ kroo k ]
/ krʊk /

noun

verb (used with object)

to bend; curve; make a crook in.
Slang. to steal, cheat, or swindle: She crooked a ring from that shop.

verb (used without object)

to bend; curve.

Origin of crook

1
1125–75; Middle English crok(e) < Old Norse krāka hook
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British Dictionary definitions for crooked (1 of 2)

crooked

/ (ˈkrʊkɪd) /

adjective

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

Derived Forms

crookedly, adverbcrookedness, noun

British Dictionary definitions for crooked (2 of 2)

crook

/ (krʊk) /

noun

verb

to bend or curve or cause to bend or curve

adjective

Word Origin for crook

C12: from Old Norse krokr hook; related to Swedish krok, Danish krog hook, Old High German krācho hooked tool
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Idioms and Phrases with crooked

crook


In addition to the idioms beginning with crook

  • crook one's elbow

also see:

  • by hook or crook
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