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

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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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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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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