crook

verb
\ ˈkru̇k How to pronounce crook (audio) \
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 : 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:
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

Doing so causes the C930 to spring open slightly, allowing you to crook a finger under the lid and continue opening it. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Lenovo's dual-display Yoga Book C930 boasts a bigger screen and better 'keyboard'," 30 Aug. 2018 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

The sticks end in a shepherd’s crook, after the fashion of those used in roller polo. John Kelly, Washington Post, "We may be champions now, but ice hockey got off to a rough start in Washington," 11 June 2018 Whatever its historic value, no one seems to know who to credit for the crook cartography. Morgan Greene, chicagotribune.com, "A rare 1931 map of Chicago's 'Gangland' could be yours — for 20,000 pounds," 30 May 2018 The American people, however, have a right to know whether or not the president is a crook. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "Seriously, we need to see Donald Trump’s tax returns," 3 Oct. 2018 An endless string of data breaches has provided crooks with massive amounts of personally identifiable information (PII) — such as Social Security numbers and birthdates — that cannot be changed and never expire. Herb Weisbaum, NBC News, "This former identity thief now fights the crimes he helped perfect," 14 Jan. 2018 The film is an intimate and accessible drama about a family of small-time petty crooks who live in a small house, scratch out a living, and take in a young girl who appears to have lost her family. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "The 21 best movies of 2018," 14 Dec. 2018 Some gowns require bouquets that are a bit longer and linear in shape, almost like half-wreaths that can rest in the crook of your arm rather than being held from the stems. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "4 Uncoventional Bridal Bouquet Ideas," 21 June 2017 But the system itself is worth more to crooks than the money and is unlikely to disappear. The Economist, "Trends in extortion payments by companies to Italy’s Mafia," 14 June 2018 Another trick is to place a soda can or glass of cold water in the crook of your neck. Mona Gohara, Good Housekeeping, "6 Reasons Why Your Skin Is Blotchy — And How to Fix It," 13 Dec. 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 How to pronounce crook (audio) \
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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