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
Recent Examples on the Web Fans noticed that her finger was crooked, prompting them to ask what was wrong with them. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Hailey Baldwin Reveals Genetic Condition After Fans Make Fun of Her Pinky Finger," 30 Jan. 2020 Lombard Street, shown here, lays claim to being the most crooked street in the world. George Stone, National Geographic, "Where can you see the stars?," 5 Nov. 2019 Before Sunday’s vote, authorities disqualified five candidates, including Thelma Aldana, a crusading ex-prosecutor whose efforts as an attorney general investigating graft helped send an ex-president and other allegedly crooked lawmakers to jail. Patrick J. Mcdonnell,, "Guatemalans vote amid a widespread sense of uncertainty and disillusionment," 16 June 2019 President Tony Saca, also of Arena, took office in June 2004 and crime picked up again during his notoriously crooked government. Mary Anastasia O’grady, WSJ, "The Drug War and the Caravan," 11 Nov. 2018 At the same time, the family's immigration application is derailed by a crooked lawyer, forcing Carly to use all his resourcefulness in order to avoid surrendering his dream en route to an improbably tidy conclusion. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Blast Beat': Film Review | Sundance 2020," 27 Jan. 2020 Blond hair pokes out from under crooked wigs and patches of skin still need covering. Jennifer Percy, Harper's magazine, "The Skinning Tree," 20 Jan. 2020 Ladder stands can make deer hunting easier, especially when all that is available are crooked or bushy trees that don’t accommodate climbing or platform stands. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Three Questions To Ask Before You Buy Your Next Ladder Stand," 3 Dec. 2019 But Portlanders started paying attention when the series about a team that uses their crooked skills for good moved production to the Rose City, for Season 2. oregonlive, "A decade of TV in Portland: ‘Portlandia,’ ‘Grimm,’ ‘Leverage’ and more," 30 Dec. 2019

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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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The first known use of crooked was in the 13th century

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14 Feb 2020

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“Crooked.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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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 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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