WORD ORIGIN adjective . Australian sick or feeble. ill-humored; angry. out of order; functioning improperly. unsatisfactory; disappointing. Nearby words cronus, cronut, crony, cronyism, cronyn, crook one's elbow, crook, george, crookback, crooke's granule, crooke's hyaline degeneration Origin of crook 2
First recorded in
perhaps alteration of
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British Dictionary definitions for crookest noun 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 verb to bend or curve or cause to bend or curve adjective Australian and NZ informal ill of poor quality 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 n.
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.
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