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

Nearby words

  1. crook one's elbow,
  2. crook, george,
  3. crookback,
  4. crooke's granule,
  5. crooke's hyaline degeneration,
  6. crookedly,
  7. crookery,
  8. crookes,
  9. crookes dark space,
  10. crookes lens

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

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British Dictionary definitions for crookedly


/ (ˈkrʊkɪd) /


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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