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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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 Unique eats Cushaw squash: These veggies with the crooked necks have noticeable green stripes that resemble a watermelon, and are known to grow to 5 pounds or more. Chuck Blount, San Antonio Express-News, "What’s available now in San Antonio-area farmers markets and what to expect soon," 9 May 2018 One of the teens, who was described as having a roughly 5'7'' athletic build and crooked teeth, asked to use the 27-year-old's cellphone. Hanna Krueger,, "Pizza delivery driver robbed in Carrollton after she goes back to get payment: NOPD," 22 Feb. 2018 That is more of a reflection of how crooked New York politics are than anything else. Fox News, "Trump, Democrats gear up for Supreme Court showdown," 3 July 2018 In The New Yorker, Jennifer Gonnerman describes how Glenn’s determination to exonerate her husband helped build a case against police sergeant Ronald Watts and his brazenly crooked cronies. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "Vacating Convictions from Crooked Chicago Cops," 31 May 2018 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

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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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