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
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

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Verb

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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 Had the train recently hosted the cast of Cirque du Soleil, perhaps, who insisted on descending head first, arms outstretched, after crooking one knee over the top rung? Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "The Enduring Romance of the Night Train," 4 May 2020 Over the last decades, people are using smartphones and gadgets and living a working life by the computer with shoulders crooked forward. Vogue, "Atelier Saman Amel, a Bespoke Tailoring Brand From Sweden, Teams Up With Mr Porter," 16 May 2019 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 Across the street — in the crook of Adams Mill Road and Calvert Street NW — was a vacant lot that was waiting for the right development opportunity. John Kelly, Washington Post, "As a teenager, Walter Pierce just wanted a place to play. So he made his own park.," 22 Aug. 2020 Excavators found an iron knife and purse full of coins in the crook of his arm, positioned as though they had once been concealed under his clothes. Andrew Curry, National Geographic, "Medieval pandemics spawned fears of the undead, burials reveal," 2 Sep. 2020 Gather 'round, all, and hear the tale of the alleged Russian ransomware crook who tried and failed to recruit a Tesla employee for an insider scheme. Brian Barrett, Wired, "Security News This Week: A Spate of Arrests Sends the Piracy World Reeling," 29 Aug. 2020 Of course, my mother snuggled my head into the crook of her neck! Ellen Pall, The New York Review of Books, "To Recover Mother," 25 Aug. 2020 The boy, just a few months old, rests in the crook of his elbow, gazing wide-eyed into the camera that captured the moment in black-and-white. Emily Langer, Washington Post, "Russell Kirsch, computer scientist who scanned first digital image, dies at 91," 13 Aug. 2020 Direct your coughs and sneezes into the crook of your elbow. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, "What to Know Before Making Your Own DIY Sanitizer," 13 Aug. 2020 This morning, my third visit this week, a fresh bouquet rests in the crook of her arm: red and white carnations wrapped in pink tissue paper and plastic. Drea Brown Zócalo Public Square, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Multiple Truths in the Works of the Enslaved Poet Phillis Wheatley," 24 June 2020 Secretly, though, the pope was still determined to take Ferrara by hook or by crook (or, technically speaking, by ferula). Anne Thériault, Longreads, "Queens of Infamy: Lucrezia Borgia," 28 May 2020

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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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The first known use of crook was in the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Crook.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/crook. Accessed 27 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for crook

crook

verb
How to pronounce crook (audio)

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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