crooked

adjective
crook·​ed | \ ˈkru̇-kəd How to pronounce crooked (audio) \

Definition of crooked

1 : not straight a crooked road Your tie is crooked.
2 : dishonest a crooked election crooked politicians

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Other Words from crooked

crookedly adverb
crookedness noun

Examples of crooked in a Sentence

a long, crooked line of people had formed in front of the ticket booth the common belief that gambling casinos are often crooked businesses

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Toes, no matter how knobby or crooked, are suddenly elevated: cuticles are nonexistent, misshapen nails fade into the ether, and, of course, there’s always a double layer of look-at-me red lacquer. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "It’s Sandal Season and You Haven’t Had a Pedicure—Here’s How to Fake It," 6 Apr. 2019 Instantly recognizable for his mop of hair and crooked teeth, Dodd came up through the ranks of Britain's variety circuit, where performers kept demanding crowds entertained with some songs, a bit of dance and a slew of jokes. Fox News, "Ken Dodd, veteran British comic, dead at 90," 12 Mar. 2018 As of the last episode of the last season, Cersei and her crooked wig are gleefully sitting in power even though the throne technically belongs to Jon Snow. Ineye Komonibo, Marie Claire, "HBO Scattered "Iron Thrones" All Over the World for You to Find," 20 Mar. 2019 As a result, our eyes were large, wide-set, and crooked. Ariel Henley, Allure, "How Fashion Lets Me Embrace the Physical Differences Caused by Crouzon Syndrome," 12 Mar. 2019 With her crooked teeth, underbite and tongue hanging out of her mouth, Zsa Zsa won over the competition’s judges and collected a $1,500 prize as the winner of the 30th annual contest. Alix Langone, Time, "Zsa Zsa, The World's Ugliest Dog, Has Died Just 9 Days After Securing Her Title," 10 July 2018 While the other ideas involved turning the tea lights into faces with crooked, fiery noses, this craft cleverly conceals the flame with a bit of clay. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Dollar-Store Tea Lights Make the Most Boo-tiful Halloween Ghosts Ever," 2 Oct. 2018 These youths are dodging serial killers and crooked cops every five seconds, for crying out loud! Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Why Is Riverdale So Thirsty This Season?," 31 Oct. 2018 Get ready for a lot more facial hair and crooked smiles! Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "Everything We Know About 'This Is Us' Season 3," 26 July 2018

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First Known Use of crooked

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for crooked

see crook entry 2

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crooked

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of crooked

: not straight : having bends and curves
: not set or placed straight
: not honest

crooked

adjective
crook·​ed | \ ˈkru̇-kəd How to pronounce crooked (audio) \

Kids Definition of crooked

1 : having bends and curves a crooked path
2 : not set or placed straight The picture is crooked.
3 : dishonest a crooked card game

Other Words from crooked

crookedly adverb
crookedness noun

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