verb \ˈkrk\

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

Full Definition of CROOK

transitive verb
:  bend
intransitive verb
:  curve, wind

Examples of CROOK

  1. He crooked his finger at us and led us to the table.
  2. <the road suddenly crooked to the left>

First Known Use of CROOK

12th century

Rhymes with CROOK



: a dishonest person

: a criminal

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

Full Definition of CROOK

:  an implement having a bent or hooked form: as
a :  pothook
b (1) :  a shepherd's staff
(2) :  crosier 1
:  a part of something that is hook-shaped, curved, or bent <the crook of an umbrella handle>
:  bend, curve
:  a person who engages in fraudulent or criminal practices

Examples of CROOK

  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 of CROOK

Middle English crok, from Old Norse krōkr hook
First Known Use: 13th century



Definition of CROOK

Australian & New Zealand
:  not right:
a :  unsatisfactory
b :  dishonest, crooked
c :  irritable, angry —used especially in the phrase go crook
d :  ill, unwell

Origin of CROOK

probably short for crooked
First Known Use: 1898


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