- a bent or curved implement, piece, appendage, etc.; hook.
- the hooked part of anything.
- an instrument or implement having a bent or curved part, as a shepherd's staff hooked at one end or the crosier of a bishop or abbot.
- a dishonest person, especially a sharper, swindler, or thief.
- a bend, turn, or curve: a crook in the road.
- the act of crooking or bending.
- a pothook.
- Also called shank. a device on some musical wind instruments for changing the pitch, consisting of a piece of tubing inserted into the main tube.
- to bend; curve; make a crook in.
- Slang. to steal, cheat, or swindle: She crooked a ring from that shop.
- to bend; curve.
Origin of crook1
Related Words for crookingrogue, villain, swindler, racketeer, scoundrel, robber, cheat, shyster, knave, pilferer, shark, fork, flex, meander, slither, curve, zigzag, bow, hook, snake
Examples from the Web for crooking
Historical Examples of crooking
Could settle the deadliest quarrel in the country by crooking his little finger.Lord Jim
"Come along, Elsie," he said, crooking his left arm for her.The Pillar of Light
Before, you go so (erecting a forefinger); now you always so (crooking it).It Is Never Too Late to Mend
Zoe runs to the chandelier and, crooking her leg, adjusts the mantle.Ulysses
At the crooking of his captain's finger, he walked back to the bench.The Boy Scouts of Lakeville High
Leslie W. Quirk
- 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
- 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
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.
In addition to the idioms beginning with crook
- crook one's elbow
- by hook or crook