[kroo k]

adjective Australian.

sick or feeble.
ill-humored; angry.
out of order; functioning improperly.
unsatisfactory; disappointing.

Nearby words

  1. cronus,
  2. cronut,
  3. crony,
  4. cronyism,
  5. cronyn,
  6. crook one's elbow,
  7. crook, george,
  8. crookback,
  9. crooke's granule,
  10. crooke's hyaline degeneration

Origin of crook

First recorded in 1875–80; perhaps alteration of cronk Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for crookest



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
  1. ill
  2. of poor quality
  3. 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

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

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Word Origin and History for crookest



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with crookest


In addition to the idioms beginning with crook

  • crook one's elbow

also see:

  • by hook or crook
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