rook

1
[ roo k ]
/ rʊk /

noun

a black, European crow, Corvus frugilegus, noted for its gregarious habits.
a sharper at cards or dice; swindler.

verb (used with object)

to cheat; fleece; swindle.

Origin of rook

1
before 900; Middle English rok(e), Old English hrōc; cognate with Old Norse hrōkr, Old High German hruoh

Definition for rook (2 of 2)

rook2
[ roo k ]
/ rʊk /

noun Chess.

one of two pieces of the same color that may be moved any number of unobstructed squares horizontally or vertically; castle.

Origin of rook

2
1300–50; Middle English rok < Old French roc < Arabic rukhkh < Persian rukh
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British Dictionary definitions for rook (1 of 2)

rook1
/ (rʊk) /

noun

a large Eurasian passerine bird, Corvus frugilegus, with a black plumage and a whitish base to its bill: family Corvidae (crows)
slang a swindler or cheat, esp one who cheats at cards

verb

(tr) slang to overcharge, swindle, or cheat

Word Origin for rook

Old English hrōc; related to Old High German hruoh, Old Norse hrōkr

British Dictionary definitions for rook (2 of 2)

rook2
/ (rʊk) /

noun

a chesspiece that may move any number of unoccupied squares in a straight line, horizontally or verticallyAlso called: castle

Word Origin for rook

C14: from Old French rok, ultimately from Arabic rukhkh
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