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crook

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verb \ˈkru̇k\

Simple Definition of crook

  • : to bend (your finger, neck, or arm)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of crook

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  bend

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  curve, wind

Examples of crook in a sentence

  1. He crooked his finger at us and led us to the table.

  2. <the road suddenly crooked to the left>



12th Century

First Known Use of crook

12th century


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crook

noun

Simple Definition of crook

  • : a dishonest person

  • : a criminal

  • : the place where part of the body (such as an arm, leg, or finger) bends

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of crook

  1. 1 :  an implement having a bent or hooked form: as a :  pothook b (1) :  a shepherd's staff (2) :  crosier 1

  2. 2 :  a part of something that is hook-shaped, curved, or bent <the crook of an umbrella handle>

  3. 3 :  bend, curve

  4. 4 :  a person who engages in fraudulent or criminal practices

Examples of crook in a sentence

  1. He thinks politicians are just a bunch of crooks.

  2. the crook of his arm

  3. The squirrel sat in the crook of the tree.

  4. the crook of the cane



Origin and Etymology of crook

Middle English crok, from Old Norse krōkr hook


First Known Use: 13th century


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crook

adjective

Definition of crook

Australian & New Zealand

  1. :  not right: a :  unsatisfactory b :  dishonest, crooked c :  irritable, angry —used especially in the phrase go crook d :  ill, unwell



Origin and Etymology of crook

probably short for crooked


First Known Use: 1898

Rhymes with crook



CROOK Defined for Kids

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crook

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verb \ˈkru̇k\

Definition of crook for Students

crooked

\ˈkru̇kt\

crooking

  1. :  1bend 1, curve <She crooked her finger.>




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crook

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noun

Definition of crook for Students

  1. 1 :  a dishonest person (as a thief)

  2. 2 :  a shepherd's staff with one end curved into a hook

  3. 3 :  a curved or hooked part of a thing :  bend <He held it in the crook of his arm.>





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