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crook

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verb \ˈkru̇k\

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

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First Known Use of crook

12th century


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crook

noun

Definition of crook

  1. 1 :  an implement having a bent or hooked form: such asa :  pothookb (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

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Origin and Etymology of crook

Middle English crok, from Old Norse krōkr hook


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crook

adjective

Definition of crook

Australia and New Zealand

  1. :  not right:a :  unsatisfactoryb :  dishonest, crookedc :  irritable, angry —used especially in the phrase go crookd :  ill, unwell

Origin and Etymology of crook

probably short for crooked


CROOK Defined for English Language Learners

crook

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verb

Definition of crook for English Language Learners

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

crook

noun

Definition of crook for English Language Learners

  • : a dishonest person

  • : a criminal

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


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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