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rook1

[roo k]
noun
  1. a black, European crow, Corvus frugilegus, noted for its gregarious habits.
  2. a sharper at cards or dice; swindler.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to cheat; fleece; swindle.
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Origin of rook1

before 900; Middle English rok(e), Old English hrōc; cognate with Old Norse hrōkr, Old High German hruoh
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rook1

noun
  1. a large Eurasian passerine bird, Corvus frugilegus, with a black plumage and a whitish base to its bill: family Corvidae (crows)
  2. slang a swindler or cheat, esp one who cheats at cards
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verb
  1. (tr) slang to overcharge, swindle, or cheat
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Word Origin

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

rook2

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

C14: from Old French rok, ultimately from Arabic rukhkh
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Word Origin and History for rooked

rook

n.1

"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.

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rook

n.2

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.

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rook

v.

"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.

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