- a black, European crow, Corvus frugilegus, noted for its gregarious habits.
- a sharper at cards or dice; swindler.
- to cheat; fleece; swindle.
Origin of rook1
Examples from the Web for rooked
Many of those who voted for President Clinton, Bork averred, did so because they were rooked by devious liberal lies.Speed Read: Best Bits From Robert Bork’s ‘Slouching Towards Gomorrah’
December 20, 2012
Most likely had rooked somebody of a few dollars at cards overnight.Within the Tides
Hands down, without a struggle, the Paliser estate was rooked.The Paliser case
I'll try to show you enough about the game so you don't get rooked.Starman's Quest
What has become of the six hundred you rooked from our table last month?The Works of Rudyard Kipling: One Volume Edition
What has became of the six hundred you rooked from our table last month?Soldiers Three
- 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
- (tr) slang to overcharge, swindle, or cheat
- a chesspiece that may move any number of unoccupied squares in a straight line, horizontally or verticallyAlso called: castle
Word Origin and History for rooked
"European crow," Old English hroc, from Proto-Germanic *khrokaz (cf. Old Norse hrokr, Middle Dutch roec, Dutch roek, Middle Swedish roka, Old High German hruoh "crow"), possibly imitative of its raucous voice (cf. Gaelic roc "croak," Sanskrit kruc "to cry out"). Used as a disparaging term for persons since at least c.1500, and extended by 1570s to mean "a cheat," especially at cards or dice.
chess piece, c.1300, from Old French roc, from Arabic rukhkh, from Persian rukh, of unknown meaning, perhaps somehow related to the Indian name for the piece, rut, from Hindi rath "chariot." Confused in Middle English with roc.
"to defraud by cheating" (originally especially in a game), 1590s, from rook (n.1) in some sense (e.g. "a gull, simpleton," but this is not attested until 17c.). Related: Rooked; rooking.