crook·ed | \ˈkru̇-kəd \

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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Chatwood, pushed up a day to replace Darvish, walked five in his second straight stint of 2 2/3 innings, giving up six hits and three earned runs on 88 mostly crooked pitches in an outing booed by a crowd of 41,587. David Haugh,, "Arm issue harder to deal with than a head case, so Cubs have right to worry about Yu Darvish's sore triceps," 28 May 2018 Impotently bitching about subway delays here in NYC instead of reading a book, or the news, or anything else. Blithering on about fake news and crooked Hillary. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Second opinion: Ars readers’ picks for the Deathwatch errata," 4 Jan. 2018 Under previous governments, crooked bigwigs would typically build, say, a road and take a cut, explains Armando Santacruz of Mexico United Against Crime, an NGO. The Economist, "How Andrés Manuel López Obrador will remake Mexico," 23 June 2018 There are lots of dive bars in the U.P. Some are little more than crooked shacks with a deep-fryer and two beers on tap. John Carlisle, Detroit Free Press, "Father, son bond writing U.P. bars book and it becomes a cult classic," 10 June 2018 Plus, if your walls are a little crooked, a busy pattern, such as this Tropical Jungle design, will help offset the discrepancy. Stephanie Granada, Sunset, "10 Ways to Design a Better Bathroom with Wallpaper," 22 Jan. 2018 These projects had the added benefit of foiling the machinations of a crooked California banker named William Sharon, the Snidely Whiplash of Mr. Crouch’s tale. Patrick Cooke, WSJ, "‘The Bonanza King’ Review: The Man Who Hit the Mother Lode," 5 July 2018 To those who vote on these things, Darfur didn’t matter enough, Chechnya didn’t matter enough, Dilma Rouseff’s crooked ways and the wall and Colin Kaepernick didn’t matter enough either. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Give Trump credit for USA getting the World Cup," 13 June 2018 Apparently a crooked deputy lied to FP to goad the Serpents into destructive behavior, clearly orchestrated by Hiram (Mark Consuelos)., "Riverdale Season 2, Episode 22 Recap: "Brave New World"," 17 May 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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English Language Learners Definition of crooked

: not straight : having bends and curves

: not set or placed straight

: not honest


crook·ed | \ˈkru̇-kəd \

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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