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Dictionary Definition

crooked adj
1 having or marked by bends or angles; not straight or aligned; "crooked country roads"; "crooked teeth" [ant: straight]
2 not straight; dishonest or immoral or evasive [syn: corrupt] [ant: straight]
3 irregular in shape or outline; "asymmetrical features"; "a dress with an crooked hemline" [syn: asymmetrical]
4 having the back and shoulders rounded; not erect; "a little oldish misshapen stooping woman" [syn: hunched, round-backed, round-shouldered, stooped, stooping]

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Etymology 1


  • Verb form: , /krʊkt/, /krUkt/


  1. past of crook

Etymology 2


  • Adjective: , /ˈkrʊkɪd/, /"krUkId/
  • pronunciation refers to adjective form.


  1. Not straight; having one or more bends or angles.
    We walked up the crooked path to the top of the hill.
  2. Set at an angle; not vertical or square.
    That picture is crooked - could you straighten it up for me?
  3. Dishonest or illegal.
    He was trying to interest me in another one of his crooked deals.
having one or more bends or angles
  • Albanian: shtrembër
  • Croatian: kriv
  • Finnish: käyrä, mutkainen, kiero, väärä, köyry
  • German: krumm, schief
  • Hungarian: ferde
  • Irish: cam
  • Kurdish: چه‌وت
  • Old English: geap
  • Romanian: strâmb
set at an angle
  • Finnish: vino, kiero
  • Kurdish: خوار
figurative: dishonest, illegal

Extensive Definition

Crook can refer to the following:
  • Crooking is a verb to refer to the action of creating a bend or curve; for example, crooking a finger. Hence a crook may be anything that is crooked.
  • Crook, a slang term for a criminal or a person of questionable morality. Specifically it refers to someone who is corrupt and uses dishonest or unethical tactics to gain money. The adjective crooked can refer to such persons or actions. This version of the term may also be archaically used as a verb in reference to becoming a criminal or causing another to become a criminal.
  • Biblically, "crooked" meant "twisted", "corrupt", or "not straight".
  • Crooked Music (Schräge Musik) was a very effective firing system developed by the Germans in World War II which allowed their fighter aircraft to shoot down Allied bombers.
  • In Australian slang, crook (adjective) means unwell (amongst other meanings).




crooked in German: Crook
crooked in French: Crook

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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