[krook-id for 1–4, 6; krookt for 5]


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

Synonyms for crooked Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for crookedly

Historical Examples of crookedly

  • All he cares for is the excitement of big things he can get at crookedly.

    The La Chance Mine Mystery

    Susan Carleton Jones

  • “They get life so crookedly from servants and such,” he added.

    The Cricket

    Marjorie Cooke

  • I never saw a cord of wood piled so crookedly before in my life.

    Peggy Owen Patriot

    Lucy Foster Madison

  • I wonder that, when the twig is so ruthlessly and persistently bent, the tree should reach up ever so crookedly towards heaven.

    A New Atmosphere

    Gail Hamilton

  • These were mainly the resolutions to which his long meditation had now crookedly and clumsily conducted him.

    Hide and Seek

    Wilkie Collins

British Dictionary definitions for crookedly



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 Formscrookedly, adverbcrookedness, noun
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