crook

verb
\ˈkru̇k \
crooked; crooking; crooks

Definition of crook 

(Entry 1 of 3)

crook

noun

Definition of crook (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : an implement having a bent or hooked form: such as

a : pothook

b(1) : a shepherd's staff

(2) : crosier sense 1

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

3 : bend, curve

4 : a person who engages in fraudulent or criminal practices

crook

adjective

Definition of crook (Entry 3 of 3)

Australia and New Zealand

: not right:

a : unsatisfactory

b : dishonest, crooked

c : irritable, angry used especially in the phrase go crook

d : ill, unwell

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Synonyms & Antonyms for crook

Synonyms: Verb

arch, bend, bow, curve, hook, swerve

Synonyms: Noun

criminal, culprit, lawbreaker, malefactor, miscreant, offender

Antonyms: Verb

straighten, unbend, uncurl

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Examples of crook in a Sentence

Verb

He crooked his finger at us and led us to the table. the road suddenly crooked to the left

Noun

He thinks politicians are just a bunch of crooks. the crook of his arm The squirrel sat in the crook of the tree. the crook of the cane
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Lines that appear straight on the linens were crooked when scanned into a computer. Vipal Monga, WSJ, "The Quest to Recover a Lost Frank Lloyd Wright Building," 30 May 2018 Would crooked Hillary have brought little rocket man to the table? Fox News, "Hannity: The Mueller investigation is a perjury trap," 2 May 2018 Mother daughter teas are a particularly fun opportunity for mothers and daughters to dress up, crook their pinkies while eating tiny sandwiches, sip tea, and spend quality time together. Melissa Locker, Southern Living, "Why We Love the Tradition of Mother Daughter Teas," 31 Jan. 2018 Mills crooked his head, brow furrowed, and paused a second. Michael Powell, New York Times, "At Knicks’ Facility, Hopeful Talk and Lessons Learned (or Maybe Not)," 17 July 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau, that’s how frequently crooks make off with vehicles whose owners left the keys inside of them or nearby. Gary Gastelu, Fox News, "Family tracks down car stolen with keys left inside, finds stolen goods in it," 12 July 2018 Things get a little complicated, however, when a bank robber (Sterling K. Brown), pulling off that One Last Job, runs afoul of an even bigger, and more dangerous crook. Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "What's new on screen, including 'Ocean's 8,' and where the free outdoor movies are this week," 7 June 2018 The race is shaping up as an ugly campaign to determine which candidate is the bigger crook. Andrew Seidman, Philly.com, "Could the GOP take out New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez?," 6 June 2018 The Better Business Bureau says these crooks are professionals, reports CBS News correspondent Anna Werner. CBS News, "Sweepstakes, lottery scams cost Americans more than $111 million in 2017," 5 June 2018 The next political challenge will be how the U.K. balances going after corporate crooks with a need for more investment in the age of Brexit. Franz Wild, Bloomberg.com, "Ex-Goldman Lawyer Tasked With Salvation of U.K.'s Fraud Office," 4 June 2018 Suddenly, there was Yale himself, tucked in the crook of Charlie’s arm, Nico on the other side: the year-end party last December for Charlie’s paper. Rebecca Makkai, chicagotribune.com, "An excerpt from 'The Great Believers' by Rebecca Makkai: 1985," 21 May 2018 Some skimmers must be physically retrieved by the criminals to capture consumers’ payment data, but newer types use Bluetooth technology to send out the information to crooks. Brittany Shoot, Fortune, "Beware Credit Card Skimmers at Gas Stations This July Fourth, Secret Service Warns," 3 July 2018 Obama came out strongly for the U.S. World Cup campaign for 2018 and 2022 as well, getting chummy with Sepp Blatter, writing letters to and meeting with the soccer politician – later to be exposed as a master crook. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Give Trump credit for USA getting the World Cup," 13 June 2018

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First Known Use of crook

Verb

12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1898, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for crook

Noun

Middle English crok, from Old Norse krōkr hook

Adjective

probably short for crooked

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More Definitions for crook

crook

verb

English Language Learners Definition of crook

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

crook

noun

English Language Learners Definition of crook (Entry 2 of 2)

: a dishonest person

: a criminal

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

crook

verb
\ˈkru̇k \
crooked\ˈkru̇kt \; crooking

Kids Definition of crook

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: bend entry 1 sense 1, curve She crooked her finger.

crook

noun

Kids Definition of crook (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a dishonest person (as a thief)

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

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

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